Personalities | Vincent D’Indy | Late Romantic | Classical
(Van-son’ Dan-de’) 1851–1931
An influential member of Franck’s circle, D’Indy was a vociferous promoter of Franck’s ideas, and his biographer. He was a prolific composer in every genre. He excelled in programme music, inspired by French and Swiss landscapes and nature. Best known are the colourful tone-poems for piano and orchestra, Jour d’été à la montagne (‘Summer Day in the Mountains’, 1905) and Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français (‘Symphony on a French Mountain Song’, 1886). He was influenced by both Franck and Wagner, particularly their use of cyclic techniques and leitmotif. These are employed in his three dramatic symphonies, piano sonata, symphonic poems and opera Fervaal (1889–95). He was co-founder and principal of the important Schola Cantorum in Paris, devoted to the study of plainchant, and as a conductor championed French music.
Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français, Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer, Boston SO (cond) Charles Munch (RCA/Sony)
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