Vincent D'Indy

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Vincent D’Indy (1851-1931), French composer, was a pupil and close friend of Cesar Franck. He became imbued with Franck’s principles and, whilst not being particularly significant as a composer himself, deserves more renown than he gets for the service he performed to French music as an administrator, teacher, co-founder of the “Schola Cantorum” school of music in Paris and as a supporter of young musicians. He was also a champion of neglected music of the old French masters.

He wrote music of most genres which, like Franck’s, is always well crafted, tends towards the thematic and is tuneful, but lacks that spark that would put him higher within the composers of his era. There are recordings of chamber pieces, piano music, and certain orchestral works. Much of his music reflects his love of nature.


“Oxford Companion to Music”

“The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music”