Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute

Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute

Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute

Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute

Synopsis

Drawing on five years of research and well over 100 interviews with students, colleagues and family members of flutist Marcel Moyse, author McCutchan distills a truthful, vital portrait of this charismatic, complex and sometimes puzzling man.

Excerpt

by Paula Robison

IN the early 1960s a lucky band of American flute players gathered in Brattleboro, Vermont, to study with Marcel Moyse. We were all changed forever. I can only describe the experience as a kind of alchemy: when we walked into Mr. Moyse's studio we were one kind of player, and when we left we were another. We were richer, deeper. We were shaken, exhilarated, and illuminated.

How did he get me to play like that? we asked ourselves. And later, in the waiting stillness of our practice rooms, How can I ever play that way again?

In our minds, we tried to recreate his gesturing hands, his sparkling eyes, his voice coaxing and pulling the music out of us.

With life! Life! he exclaimed.

But what did that mean? Happy? No . . .

Tender?

Intense?

Vivid?

Strong?

His life was certainly all of those things. Maybe it was all of them together.

His eyes! That's it. Think of his eyes.

As the rest of his body grew frail, Marcel Moyse's eyes burned brighter and brighter. And sometimes he was impatient. Why? He wanted to give us something. He wanted us to understand what he held out to us: the culture of a proud people, a composer named . . .

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