Born: 27 March 1851
Died: 2 December 1931
Paul Marie Théodore Vincent d'Indy was a French composer and teacher.
D'Indy was born in Paris into an aristocratic family of royalist and Catholic persuasion. He had piano lessons from an early age but, to please his family, studied law. However, he decided to be a musician. He became a devoted student of César Franck at the Conservatoire de Paris. As a follower of Franck, d'Indy came to admire what he considered the standards of German symphonism.
Inspired by his own studies with Franck and dissatisfied with the standard of teaching at the Conservatoire de Paris, d'Indy, together with Charles Bordes and Alexandre Guilmant, founded the Schola Cantorum in 1894. D'Indy taught there and later at the Paris Conservatoire until his death. D'Indy joined the League de La Patrie française during the Dreyfus Affair in the late 1890s, but he nevertheless won respect from fellow musicians opposed to his outlook, such as Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, Pierre Monteux, and Charles Münch. Among his many pupils were Leo Arnaud, Erik Satie, Albert Roussel, Albéric Magnard, Isaac Albéniz, Arthur Honegger, Otto Albert Tichý, Darius Milhaud and Joseph Canteloube (who later wrote d'Indy's biography).
His best known pieces are probably the Symphonie Cévenole or Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français (Symphony on a French Mountain Air) for piano and orchestra (1886), and Istar (1896), a symphonic poem in the form of a set of variations.
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List of choral works
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- Ave Regina coelorum, Op. 79
- La Chevauchée du Cid, Op. 11
- Sainte Marie Magdeleine, Op. 23
- Sancta Maria, succurre miseris, Op. 49
- Sur la mer, Op. 32
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