Marcel Dupré

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Marcel Dupré
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French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue (born Rouen, Normandy, 3 May 1886; died Meudon, near Paris, 30 May 1971).

Born into a musical family, he was a child prodigy. His father Albert Dupré, organist in Rouen, was a friend of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, who built an organ in the family house when Marcel was 14 years old. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1904, where he studied with Louis Diémer and Lazare Lévy (piano), Alexandre Guilmant and Louis Vierne (organ), and Charles-Marie Widor (fugue and composition). In 1914, Dupré won the Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata, <i> Psyché</i>. In 1926, he was appointed professor of organ performance and improvisation at the Paris Conservatoire, a position he held until 1954.

After World War I, Dupré rapidly established his reputation as a concert artist following his performance (from memory!) of the complete organ works of Bach in a series of recitals in Paris. Throughout his life, he performed a total of 2178 recitals in Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1934, Dupré succeeded Charles-Marie Widor as titular organist at St. Sulpice in Paris, a post he held until his death in 1971.

As a composer, he produced a wide-ranging œuvre of 65 works, and also taught two generations of well-known organists such as Olivier Messiaen, Jehan Alain and Marie-Claire Alain, Jean-Marie Beaudet, Pierre Cochereau, Jeanne Demessieux and many others. His most often heard and recorded compositions tend to be from the earlier years of his career.

In many ways Dupré may be viewed as a 'Paganini' of the organ - being a virtuoso of the highest order, he contributed extensively to the development of technique (both in his organ music and in his pedagogical works) although, like Paganini, his music is relatively unknown to musicians other than those who play the instrument for which the music was written.
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LPS 137, LPS.137 Marcel Dupré - Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor "The Great" / Fantasia In C Major (Opus 16) album art Bach*, Franck* - Marcel Dupré Bach*, Franck* - Marcel Dupré - Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor "The Great" / Fantasia In C Major (Opus 16)(10", Mono) London Records, London Records LPS 137, LPS.137 US 1949 Sell This Version
LM 4513 Marcel Dupré - Bach Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor - César Franck Fantasia In C Major album art Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, Marcel Dupré Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, Marcel Dupré - Bach Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor - César Franck Fantasia In C Major(10", Mono) Decca LM 4513 UK 1954 Sell This Version
LD 3 106 Marcel Dupré - Passacaille Et Fugue En Ut Mineur / Toccata Et Fugue En Ré Mineur Dite "Dorienne" / Toccata Et Fugue En Fa Majeur / Choral "Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland" album art Jean Sébastien Bach* - Marcel Dupré Jean Sébastien Bach* - Marcel Dupré - Passacaille Et Fugue En Ut Mineur / Toccata Et Fugue En Ré Mineur Dite "Dorienne" / Toccata Et Fugue En Fa Majeur / Choral "Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland"(LP, Album) Lumen LD 3 106 France 1954 Sell This Version
14 Marcel Dupré - Marcel Dupré playing the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Sulpice, Paris - Volume II album art Marcel Dupré Marcel Dupré playing the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Sulpice, Paris - Volume II(LP, Album) Overtone 14 US 1955 Sell This Version
OL-LD 118 Marcel Dupré - Pierre Cochereau Aux Grandes Orgues De Notre Dame De Paris album art Pierre Cochereau, Marcel Dupré Pierre Cochereau, Marcel Dupré - Pierre Cochereau Aux Grandes Orgues De Notre Dame De Paris(10", Album) Éditions De L'Oiseau-Lyre OL-LD 118 France 1955 Sell This Version
13 Marcel Dupré - Marcel Dupré playing the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Sulpice, Paris - Volume I album art Marcel Dupré Marcel Dupré playing the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Sulpice, Paris - Volume I(LP, Album) Overtone 13 US 1955 Sell This Version
LDE 3082 Marcel Dupré - Dans La Gloire Des Invalides - Le Grand Orgue Renait (1685-1957) album art Marcel Dupré, Bernard Gavoty Marcel Dupré, Bernard Gavoty - Dans La Gloire Des Invalides - Le Grand Orgue Renait (1685-1957)(LP) Erato LDE 3082 France 1957 Sell This Version
XWN 18916 Marcel Dupré - Le Chemin De La Croix album art Marcel Dupré Le Chemin De La Croix (Album) Westminster XWN 18916 1958 Sell This Version
AMS 16097, SR90169 Marcel Dupré - Organ Recital: Music By Widor And Dupré album art Marcel Dupré Organ Recital: Music By Widor And Dupré (Album) Mercury AMS 16097, SR90169 UK 1958 Sell This Version
50168 Marcel Dupré - Pièce Héroïque / Three Chorales album art César Franck - Marcel Dupré César Franck - Marcel Dupré - Pièce Héroïque / Three Chorales (Album) Mercury 50168 France 1957 Sell This Version
190.012 Marcel Dupré - Symphony  No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 78 album art Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray, Marcel Dupré Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray, Marcel Dupré - Symphony No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 78 (Album) Mercury Living Presence, Mercury 190.012 France 1957 Sell This Version
SR90169 Marcel Dupré - Organ Recital: Music By Widor And Dupré album art Widor*, Dupré* / Marcel Dupré Widor*, Dupré* / Marcel Dupré - Organ Recital: Music By Widor And Dupré(LP) Mercury SR90169 US 1958 Sell This Version
XWN 18871 Marcel Dupré - Symphony No. 9 In C Minor - Symphony No. 5 In F Minor album art Widor*, Marcel Dupré Widor*, Marcel Dupré - Symphony No. 9 In C Minor - Symphony No. 5 In F Minor (Album) Westminster XWN 18871 US 1959 Sell This Version
MG 50230 Marcel Dupré - Dupre At St-sulpice Vol. 4 Bach Six Schubler Chorales Fantasia In C Minor, Fantasia In G Major album art Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré - Dupre At St-sulpice Vol. 4 Bach Six Schubler Chorales Fantasia In C Minor, Fantasia In G Major(LP, Mono) Mercury MG 50230 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
M-107 Marcel Dupré - At The Organ Of All Saints Church album art Langlais*, Dupre*, Widor*, Durufle* - Henry Hokans Langlais*, Dupre*, Widor*, Durufle* - Henry Hokans - At The Organ Of All Saints Church(LP, Mono) Gregorian Institute Of America M-107 US 1960 Sell This Version
MG 50231 Marcel Dupré - Marcel Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Vol. 5 album art Dupré* And Messiaen* Dupré* And Messiaen* - Marcel Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Vol. 5 Mercury MG 50231 US 1959 Sell This Version
AMS 16062, SR90229 Marcel Dupré - Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Vol. 2 / The Music Of Marcel Dupré album art Dupré* Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Vol. 2 / The Music Of Marcel Dupré (Album) Mercury, Mercury Living Presence AMS 16062, SR90229 UK 1960 Sell This Version
AMS16069, SR90230 Marcel Dupré - Marcel Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Volume 4 album art Marcel Dupré Marcel Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Volume 4 (Album) Mercury, Mercury Living Presence AMS16069, SR90230 UK 1960 Sell This Version
P-8544 Marcel Dupré - Organ Music From France album art Virgil Fox, Maurice Duruflé, Louis Vierne, César Franck, Marcel Dupré Virgil Fox, Maurice Duruflé, Louis Vierne, César Franck, Marcel Dupré - Organ Music From France(LP, Album, Mono) Capitol Records P-8544 US 1961 Sell This Version
MMA 11117 (MG50228) Marcel Dupré - Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Volume Three album art Frank*, Marcel Dupré Frank*, Marcel Dupré - Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Volume Three (Album) Mercury, Mercury MMA 11117 (MG50228) UK 1961 Sell This Version
SUA 10621 Marcel Dupré - French Organ Music album art Jean Titelouze*, Marcel Dupré, Louis Vierne, Jehan Alain, Olivier Messiaen, Jean François Dandrieu*, Jiří Ropek, Milan Šlechta Jean Titelouze*, Marcel Dupré, Louis Vierne, Jehan Alain, Olivier Messiaen, Jean François Dandrieu*, Jiří Ropek, Milan Šlechta - French Organ Music Supraphon SUA 10621 Czechoslovakia 1965 Sell This Version
835.764 LY Marcel Dupré - Au Grand Orgue De L'Eglise Saint-Ouen De Rouen - Chorals album art J. S. Bach* - Marcel Dupré J. S. Bach* - Marcel Dupré - Au Grand Orgue De L'Eglise Saint-Ouen De Rouen - Chorals (Album) Philips 835.764 LY France 1965 Sell This Version
641.763 LL Marcel Dupré - Interprète Ses Propres Œuvres Au Grand Orgue De L'Église Saint-Ouen de Rouen album art Marcel Dupré Interprète Ses Propres Œuvres Au Grand Orgue De L'Église Saint-Ouen de Rouen(LP, Album, Mono) Philips 641.763 LL France 1965 Sell This Version
MS/FAG 14 AT Marcel Dupré - Récital D'Orgue À Grisy-Suisnes album art Marcel Dupré Récital D'Orgue À Grisy-Suisnes(LP) Le Kiosque d'Orphée MS/FAG 14 AT France 1967 Sell This Version
W9351 Marcel Dupré - Messe À L'Usage Des Couvents album art François Couperin, Marcel Dupré François Couperin, Marcel Dupré - Messe À L'Usage Des Couvents(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Westminster W9351 US 1967 Sell This Version