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date: 04 June 2020

Gavoty, Bernardlocked

  • Christiane Spieth-Weissenbacher


(b Paris, April 2, 1908; d Paris, Oct 24, 1981). French critic, writer on music and organist. He studied the organ and harmony at the Paris Conservatoire (1934–7) under Marcel Dupré and Georges Caussade, and took a degree in literature at the Sorbonne. He was in charge of the Jeunesses Musicales de France and in 1942 was appointed resident organist at St Louis-des-Invalides in Paris, the great organ of which he inaugurated after its reconstruction in 1957. He was music critic for the Figaro under the pseudonym of Clarendon from 1945 until his death. He was also a radio and television producer at the ORTF from 1948.

Many of Gavoty’s works are enthusiastic biographies of organists (Vierne, Jehan Alain) and other famous musicians whom he knew personally; he was author of Les Grands Interprètes, a popular series of biographies of contemporary musicians illustrated by the photographer Roger Hauert (Geneva, ...

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