Biography of Vincent D´Indy (1851-1931)

Postcard with the portrait of D'Indy from 1910
Postcard of 1910 showing d'Indy
Born in an aristocratic family in Paris
Studies law
Organist, timpanist and choirmaster
During the German-French war member of the Garde national (like Bizet)
Studies composition with Cesar Franck for a period of eight years
Becomes a fervent Wagnerianer after attending the premiere of the Ring in Bayreuth. This admiration and his vita (e. g. Dreyfus affair) made him nearly an antisemit
Grand Prix of Paris
Head of Société Nationale de Musique
Co-founder of the Schola Cantorum Paris
Publication of the first volume of his four volume work Cours de Composition (letzter Band 1950).
Teaches instrumentation at the conservatory for a period of sixteen years
Dies in Paris
His nickname was "cyclop", because he lost one eye in an accident.
Remaind an objector of recording technics until his dead: the gramophone has no soul
Among his students were among others: Erik Satie, Albert Roussel, Alberic Magnard, Isaac Albeniz, Arthur Honegger and Darius Milhaud.
His operas are not played in France up to today, as he showed antiliberal and antisemitic mindset in an opera of 1920.

Sheet music for flute:

Chanson et Danses op. 50 (g-moll)
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(flute, oboe, 2 clarinets in H flat, 2 bassoons, horn in F)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Chanson - Lent
  2. Danses - Tres anime
This is a really old edition from a second-hand bookshop. Perhaps a newer edition is not that big format.
Unfortunately without score
Sarabande und Minuet 24bis (d-moll)
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(flute, oboe, clarinet in H flat, bassoon, horn in F, piano)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Sarabande
  2. Menuett
Two movements of the suite in D major in an ancient style, originally for trumpet, two flutes and string quartet. The edition for quintet and piano was done 1918 byD'Indy himself.
Suite en parties op. 91 (A-Dur)
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(flute, violin, viola, cello, harp)
Heugel Editeur, P. H. 157
Rating: difficult
  1. Entrée en sonate
  2. Air désuet
  3. Sarabande
  4. Farandole variée
Mini score

CDs with/from Vincent D´Indy

Katerina Englichova, Carlo Jans, Martinu Quartet
Francaix - Bordes - d´Indy - Pierne - Jolivet (2007)
    Jean Françaix: Quintette No. 2 pour Flute, Trio a cordes et Harpe:
  1. Allegrissimo (04:32:00)
  2. II. Scherzo (04:45:00)
  3. III. Notturno (03:21:00)
  4. IV. Rondo (04:21:00)
  5. Charles Bordes: Suite Basque, op. 6:
  6. I. Prelude (04:32:00)
  7. II. Intermezzo (04:11:00)
  8. III. Paysage (06:07:00)
  9. IV. Pordon Dantza (07:26:00)
  10. Vincent D´Indy: Suite en parties pour Flute obligee, Violon, Alto, Violoncello et Harpe, Op. 91:
  11. I. Entree en Sonate (03:54:00)
  12. II. Air Desuet (02:18:00)
  13. III. Sarabande avec deux doubles (05:12:00)
  14. IV. Farandole variee en Rondeau (04:43:00)
  15. Gabriel Pierné: Voyage au "Pays du Tendre" d'apres la Carte du Tendre pour Flute, Violon, Alto, violoncelle et Harpe (12:05:00)
  16. André Jolivet: Chant de Linos pour flute principale, Violon, Alto, Violoncelle et Harpe (11:16:00)
Eine meiner absoluten Lieblings-CDs. Das geht richtig ab. Mit Power gespielt, leidenschaftlich und total schöne Musik. Herr Jans entspricht sehr meinem flötistischen Klangideal. Die Besetzung mit Streichern und Harfe ist sehr schön.

Literature von/über Vincent D´Indy

Last edit 21.04.2014