Indy, (Paul Marie Théodore) Vincent d’ (opera)
- Robert Orledge
(b Paris, March 27, 1851; d Paris, Dec 2, 1931). French composer, teacher, theorist and writer on music. He is remembered as a founder of the Schola Cantorum, as the propagator of the symphonic ideals of Franck, and as the champion of classicism and Wagner in France. His aristocratic ancestors came from the Vivarais (Ardèche), but after his mother’s death he was raised by his paternal grandmother, the Countess Rézia d’Indy. Her insistence on strict moral and intellectual discipline marked d’Indy for life. The musical influence came from his uncle, Viscount Wilfrid d’Indy, an amateur composer and pupil of Franck. D’Indy studied the piano, proving something of a child prodigy, and began harmony lessons with Lavignac in 1865. In 1869 it was decided that he should become a professional musician. After the Franco-Prussian war of 1870–71, in which he served, d’Indy threw himself into Parisian musical life. In ...