Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Henri Delorme

Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: Henri Delorme

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Henri Delorme. 68 years old, August 18, 2012, shortly before his 69th birthday, of apparent prostate cancer. He was the organist of the François-Henri Cliquot organ at the Church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul in Souvigny, France, from 1971 until his death.

Pierre Dubois, professor of English at the University of Tours, deputy organist at Souvigny since 1984, and artistic director of the Souvigny music festival, has written the following tribute.

"As a young man, while studying French, Latin, and Greek to become a teacher, Henri Delorme had also studied organ with Joseph Hetsch and Michel Chapuis, piano with Hélène Boschi, and musicology with Marc Honegger. After he had passed the agrégation (the highest competitive exam for teachers in France), he spent most of his teaching career at the Lycée Banville in Moulins (Allier), where he was appreciated for his diverse cultural background, his good humor, and love for the humanities, which he endeavored to impart to and share with his pupils. Upon the untimely death of organist and organ scholar Henri Legros, Delorme became the incumbent organist titulaire) of the historical François-Henri Clicquot organ (1783) of Souvigny from 1971 until his death this year. He wrote articles for Marc Honegger's Music Dictionary [Dictionnaire de la Musique) and also published the exhibition catalog and papers of the symposium he had organized for the 1983 bicentenary of the Souvigny organ. The publication also included an inventory of the organs of the Allier region (département). …

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