- Marie-Barbara Le Gonidec
(b Grenoble, France, 29 Feb 1928). French ethnomusicologist and organologist. She holds a doctorate from the University of Paris X Nanterre and was assistant professor at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris. In 1964 Dournon co-founded the Barthélémy Boganda National Museum in Bangui, Central African Republic, where she conducted research until 1967. In charge of the department of ethnomusicology at the Musée de l’Homme from 1967 to 1993, she administered a collection of nearly 8000 instruments; in 1985 she renovated its permanent exhibition hall dedicated to music. Her principal research dealt with organology and instrument classification, resulting in various exhibitions and programs. Her numerous publications include the catalogue of jew’s harps at the Musée de l’Homme (1978) and the Guide pour la collecte des instruments de musique traditionnels for UNESCO (1981), translated into English and Spanish. Dournon participated in or produced numerous recordings, such as one on the flutes of Rajasthan that won the Grand prix du disque of the Charles Cros Academy in ...