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date: 15 October 2019

Moyse, Marcel ( Joseph )locked

  • Edward Blakeman


( Joseph )

( b Saint Amour, Jura, May 17, 1889; d Brattleboro, VT, Nov 1, 1984). French flautist . He studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Paul Taffanel, winning a premier prix in 1906. He played principal flute in various Paris orchestras, notably the Opéra-Comique from 1913 to 1938, appeared widely as a soloist and made many recordings. These display his innate musicianship and distinctive intensity of tone, much influenced by contemporary singers. Ibert's Flute Concerto was dedicated to Moyse, and he gave the work's première in 1934. That same year he founded the Moyse Trio with his son Louis (piano) and daughter-in-law Blanche Honegger (violin). He became professor of flute at the Conservatoire in 1932 and remained there, apart from a gap during the war years, until he emigrated to Argentina in 1949; he later moved to North America. His masterclasses became legendary and were attended by flute players from all over the world. Always a trenchant and controversial figure, Moyse had a decisive influence on the evolution of flute playing. He wrote many books of exercises and studies, combining a scientific approach to technique with a romantic quest for musical expression. His life and influence are documented by Trevor Wye in ...

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