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Marcel Dupre: His Legacy Considered 50 Years after his Death

There is little need here to reconsider Marcel Dupré’s stupendous achievements during his long and storied career. His unparalleled feats of virtuosity, improvisation, and composition are recounted elsewhere in detail. It is, however, appropriate at this juncture to attempt to situate Marcel Dupré in the organ culture of his day. Understanding the context of his career goes far in elucidating heresay and all-out misinformation still actively perpetuated 50 years after his passing in 1971.Dupré was trained chiefly by Charles-Marie Widor...

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Marcel Dupré (1886–1971)

Marcel Jean Jules Dupré, one of the world’s most renowned twentieth century organists was born May 3, 1886 in Rouen, France. He was the only child of Albert Dupré and Alice Chauvière, both of whom were accomplished musicians. Marcel was born into a family of musicians and organists that included his maternal and paternal grandparents, and relatives. Dupré’s paternal grandfather, Aimable Dupré was a gifted pianist, organist, and played several other brass instruments. His paternal grandmother, Marie Visinet Dupré, taught piano....

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Hear Us Now, We Come Confessing

Edith Sinclair Downing Amanda Husberg This month we continue our new Hymn of the Month series in which one or more hymns drawn from collections published by Wayne Leupold Editions will be posted on the opening page of the website for consideration by pastors and musicians who may wish to introduce the hymn to their congregations the following month. The Hymn of the Month may be particularly appropriate for a given Sunday during the month, but often will also be thematically relevant...

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Mark A. Radice

Mark A. Radice completed his PhD in Historical Musicology at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) in 1984. He taught at San Francisco State University from 1978 until joining the Ithaca College faculty in 1987. His research interests are broad, and he has published articles in leading journals, such as The American Organist, Choral Journal, Bach: Journal of the Riemenschneider-Bach Institute, Music Review, and Musical Quarterly. Other publications include Opera in Context: Essays on Historical Staging from the...

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