Text Box: Conductor autographs


Price: $175.00


Autographed and inscribed original Clinedinst of Washington, D.C. reverse blind stamped glossy double-weight photograph.


Paray (1886-1979) began his musical education at the feet of this father, a sculptor by profession and a church organist at the St. Jacques Church in Normandy, France.† He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1904 with the intention of becoming a composer, his main teacher was Xavier Leroux.† The result was the Prix de Rome in 1911.† Service during World War I led to his capture and imprisonment in a POW camp.† In 1918 after the War was over he was appointed conductor of the Casino de Cauterets. He made his Paris debut in 1920 as conductor when he stepped in for Andre Caplet at a concert.† That concert led to his appointment as Assistant Conductor of the Lamoreaux Orchestre and by 1923 he was appointed Chief Conductor.† In 1928 Monte Carlo came calling and he was appointed Conductor of the Concerts de Monte Carlo and in 1932 he added the position of President of the Concerts Colonne. The orchestra was disbanded by the Naziís in 1940 when they took Paris as douard Colonne the founder, who at that point was long deceased was Jewish.† In 1939 Paray had made his American debut conducting the New York Philharmonic.† Paray whose wife was an Alsatian Jew left Paris in 1940 and joined the Free French Forces led by Charles de Galle. He conducted a few concerts in Marseilles during the War, but essentially was dormant until 1944 when France was liberated and he resumed his position as President of the Concerts Colonne.† Paray was also the Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic from 1949 to 1950, leaving disenchanted with the quality of the orchestra and his inability to lure musicians of the quality he sought to join the orchestra. He resigned his position with the Concerts Colonne in 1952 and assumed the Music Directorship of the Detroit Symphony with plans to build the orchestra.† Over an 11 year period which included a new concert hall in 1956, Paray systematically built the orchestra into one of the finest in the United States.† His first year, Paray met with Wilma Cozart of the upstart Mercury Record Company and signed with the company to produce recordings with their Mercury Living Presence label.† The astounding results which were captured through a brilliantly placed single microphone can still be heard today in 70 recordings he made with the Detroit Symphony and Mercury. We heartily recommend his recording of French overtures, as well as his recording of St. SaŽnís 3rd Symphony with Marcel Duprť playing the organ part. Paray retired in 1963 and became an in-demand guest conductor world-wide.† He spent the rest of his life living in Monte Carlo, though was still conducting in his early 90ís.


We have neglected to speak of Parayís composing career which was significant in his day.† His oeuvre includes 2 symphonies, smaller scale symphonic works, a ballet, a cantata, as well as concertos, chamber music, music for solo instrument and piano, solo piano works, organ works, choral works and songs.


A fine example of the great Franco-American conductor.


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