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date: 21 November 2019

Dethier Gaston M(arie)locked

  • Vernon Gotwals
  • , revised by Judi Caldwell

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(b Liège, Belgium, April 19, 1875; d New York, May 26, 1958). American organist and composer, born in Belgium. As a child he studied at the Liège Conservatory, where his father was a teacher of composition. When he was 11, he became organist in the Church of St Jacques. On Alexandre Guilmant’s recommendation he went to New York at the age of 19 to be organist of St Francis Xavier, a post he held until 1907. In 1904 he joined the faculty of the newly founded Institute of Musical Art and taught piano as well as organ. Among his pupils were Paul Creston, Norman Dello Joio, and Robert Noehren. After his retirement in 1945 he continued to teach privately. His many compositions for organ have largely passed out of the repertory; the effect of the “free pianistic and orchestral style of organ playing” that he helped to introduce, however, endures. Dethier was a founder of the American Guild of Organists....

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