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date: 22 August 2019

Falcinelli, Rolandelocked

  • François Sabatier

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(b Paris, Feb 18, 1920). French organist and composer. She entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1932, studying the organ with Marcel Dupré and composition with Henri Büsser. She was appointed organist at the Sacré-Coeur in 1946 and in 1955 became organ professor at the Conservatoire, a post she held until 1986. She also gave many recitals in Europe and the USA. Through her teaching, writings and ideas on interpretation she has perpetuated the principles of her teacher Dupré, performing all his works and recording many of them. Falcinelli has composed extensively for her own instrument and written vocal, chamber and orchestral music. Since 1970 several of her works, including Mathnavi for organ (1973) and Azân for flute and organ (1977), have shown the influence of Iranian traditional music. Among her many distinguished pupils are Xavier Darasse, Naji Hakim, André Isoir, Philippe Lefebvre, Odile Pierre, Daniel Roth and Louis Thiry. A series of conversations with Stéphane Detournay, ...

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