"no one since Schubert has written for
the voice with greater felicitousness." " Dupin," stated Charles Koechlin in a
glowing tribute, "deserves one of the
most imposing positions among his fellow-composers in the world of true
music.""Where among modern composers," asked Etienne Royer, "can you
find moments of such intense and profound emotion as in Paul Dupin?" Romain Rolland, too, enlisted an enthusiastic pen to fight for Dupin's cause.
But, altho the battle has been waging
for a full decade, Paul Dupin suffers
today the same obscurity that has been
his fate thruout his entire career. The
leading critics and the foremost musicians of France honor him, and accept
his music as an important artistic expression. But to the music world at
large, his name persists in darkness.All of Paul Dupin's music has the
quality of having existed a long time.
His cool counterpoint and his ever-fresh
melodies are certainly not of our time,
but seem to stem from out of a far-
distant past. "Because of his convincing fervor," writes André Coeuroy, "because of his freshness and his obstinate
devotion to his musical task, Dupin belongs to a past which is almost mediaeval." It is, therefore, not surprising
that Dupin is at his best--not in his
operas or symphonic music--but in his
choral canons, of which he has composed
more than a hundred, and of which Etienne Royer has said: "They are the
creations of one of the most original of
contemporary geniuses." Paul Dupin lives in a dark and sombre
apartment on Rue de L'Annonciation in Paris. Neglect has not discouraged him,
and his pen is as fecund today as it was
a decade ago. His interests--he laments
--are necessarily restricted by his
threadbare poverty; he can seek amusement, therefore, only by reading--generally books of history and geography.
In spirit, as in his music, he is essentially not of our times; current trends,
whether in music or in politics, interest
him but little. He confesses to living
entirely in the past which is probably
the best of all possible escapes for an
artist whom a present world refuses to
accept or to recognize.Principal works by Paul Dupin:
|ORCHESTRA: Symphonie Populaire; Beau
|CHORAL: Canons; Les Suppliantes.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC: Sonatas, trios, quartets,
|Pieces for piano; songs, etc.|
About Paul Dupin:
Coeuroy André. Musique Française Moderne.
Courrier Musicale 12:151 1909; Revue Musicale 4:227January 1923.
Sir Edward Elgar 1857-1934
" Elgar holds the same position in English
music as Beethoven in German music."--
SIR EDWARD WILLIAM ELGAR--
for more than three decades the dean
of modern English composers--was born
at Broadheath, near Worcester, on June
2, 1857. As a child, he manifested a deep
love for all things artistic: he read prolifically, he absorbed himself with music,
and he was even strongly moved by the
mediaeval carvings in the Worcester
Cathedral. At an early age, he was
sent to a "ladies' school" where he took
his first lessons on the piano. It was
at the insistence of his parents that, in
his fifteenth year, he gave up all thought
of music as a vocation, and entered a
solicitor's office. Music, however, would
not leave him, and its influence clung so
tenaciously that, by the time he reached
his twentieth birthday, he knew definitely that music, and music alone, would
be his life work. For a while, he visited London, studying the violin under Pollitzer. Then, in 1879, he actively engaged in musical activity by becoming
a member of the Stockley Orchestra of
Birmingham, and the bandmaster of the County Lunatic Asylum Band.
In 1892, he visited Leipzig where he
continued his musical studies with
greater seriousness and devotion. Three
years later, he succeeded his father as
organist of St. George, Worcester, a
position which he held for eight years,
resigning ultimately only because he
wished to devote all of his time to musical creation. He was married in 1889
to Caroline Alice Roberts, a lady of____________________
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Book title: Composers of Today:A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations.
Contributors: David Ewen - Editor, David Ewen - Compiler.
Publisher: H. W. Wilson.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1934.
Page number: 68.
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