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Marcel Dupré

org, *1886 FR, Rouen
Musician / Composer of Classical

French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue (born Rouen, Normandy, 3 May 1886; died Meudon, near Paris, 30 May 1971). Born into a musical family, he was a child prodigy. His father Albert Dupré, organist in Rouen, was a friend of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, who built an organ in the family house when Marcel was 14 years old. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1904, where he studied with Louis Diémer and Lazare Lévy (piano), Alexandre Guilmant and Louis Vierne (organ), and Charles-Marie Widor (fugue and composition). In 1914, Dupré won the Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata, Psyché. In 1926, he was appointed professor of organ performance and improvisation at the Paris Conservatoire, a position he held until 1954. After World War I, Dupré rapidly established his reputation as a concert artist following his performance (from memory!) of the complete organ works of Bach in a series of recitals in Paris. Throughout his life, he performed a total of 2178 recitals in Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1934, Dupré succeeded Charles-Marie Widor as titular organist at St. Sulpice in Paris, a post he held until his death in 1971. As a composer, he produced a wide-ranging œuvre of 65 works, and also taught two generations of well-known organists such as Olivier Messiaen, Jehan Alain and Marie-Claire Alain, Jean-Marie Beaudet, Pierre Cochereau, Jeanne Demessieux and many others. His most often heard and recorded compositions tend to be from the earlier years of his career. In many ways Dupré may be viewed as a 'Paganini' of the organ - being a virtuoso of the highest order, he contributed extensively to the development of technique (both in his organ music and in his pedagogical works) although, like Paganini, his music is relatively unknown to musicians other than those who play the instrument for which the music was written.

  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Classical
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29: Sinfonia in D Major (arr. M. Dupre) on Bach: Orgeltranskriptionen by Martin Schmeding
4 Pieces, Op. 19: No. 4. Cortege et litanie (arr. P.R. Conte) on The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ: Peter Richard Conte by Peter Richard Conte
Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29 (arr. M. Dupre for organ) on Den bästa orgelmusiken by Gotthard Arner
Symphonie No. 2, en Ut Dièse Mineur, Op. 26: III. Toccata: Très animé - Più lento - A tempo on Yves Castagnet joue Marcel Dupré au grand orgue de Notre-Dame de Paris by Marcel Dupré & Yves Castagnet
Symphonie-Passion Op.23 (Symphony No. 1): Le Monde dans l'attende du Sauveur on Great European Organs No.16: St.George's Hall, Liverpool by David Briggs
Le chemin de la croix (The Stations of the Cross), Op. 29: IV. Jesus Meets His Mother on Dupre: Works for Organ, Vol. 11 by Marcel Dupré
3 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 7*: Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, Op. 7, No. 3 on Fagius, Hans: Organ Favourites by Hans Fagius
Variations sur un Noël pour orgue, Op. 20: Variation X: Non troppo vivace on If You Could Read My Mind by Cameron Carpenter
Variations sur un Noël pour orgue, Op. 20: Presto on If You Could Read My Mind by Cameron Carpenter
Le Chemin de la Croix, Op. 29: I. Jésus est condamné à mort (Maestoso – Agitato) on Yves Castagnet joue Marcel Dupré au grand orgue de Notre-Dame de Paris by Marcel Dupré & Yves Castagnet

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Title Artist Year Type
Jean-Willy Kunz Au Grand Orgue Pierre-BéiqueJean-Willy Kunz, Camille Saint-Saëns, Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles-Marie Widor, Maxime Goulet, Marcel Dupré, Jehan Alain, Louis Vierne2017Album
Grand Orgue de Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Vol. 2Jean-Pierre Lecaudey, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Charles-Marie Widor, César Franck, Maurice Duruflé, Jehan Alain, Marcel Dupré2017Album
The Mercury Living Presence RecordingsMarcel Dupré2015Album
At Saint-Sulpice vol. 5Marcel Dupré2015Album
Dupre At Saint-Sulpice Vol. 2Marcel Dupré2015Album
Marcel Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Vol. 5Marcel Dupré And Olivier Messiaen2015Album
Organ Works Vol. 11Marcel Dupré, Ben Van Oosten2010Album
Der Kreuzweg (Nach Claudel)Marcel Dupré, Rudolf Walter2010Album
Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphonie N° 3 "Avec Orgue"; Oeuvres De Chabrier, Bizet, LaloMarcel Dupré, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray2010Compil.
The Stations Of The Cross, Opus 29Stephen Tharp, Marcel Dupré2005Album
Le Chemin De La CroixMarcel Dupré2005Album
Works For Organ Vol. 13Marcel Dupré2003Album
The Organ At St. Sulpice, ParisMarcel Dupré, César Franck, Charles-Marie Widor, Michael Murray2002Album
Works For Organ Vol. 12Marcel Dupré2001Album
Works For Organ Vol. 10Marcel Dupré, Michael Keeley2000Album
Works For Organ Vol. 11Marcel Dupré2000Album
Works For Organ Vol. 4Marcel Dupré, Janette Fishell2000Album
Complete Organ Works Volume 2Marcel Dupré1999Album
Integrale De L'Oeuvre: Oeuvre D'orgue - Disque 1Marcel Dupré1999Album
Works For Organ Vol. 8Marcel Dupré1999Album
Messe Solennelle / Messe À Deux Choeurs Et Deux Orgues / Quatre MotetsLouis Vierne / Charles-Marie Widor / Marcel Dupré - Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell1997Album
Works For Organ Vol. 7Marcel Dupré1997Album
Works For Organ Vol. 6Marcel Dupré1997Album
Works For Organ Vol. 5Marcel Dupré1997Album
French Fest!Mark Laubach, Charles Tournemire, Marcel Dupré, Maurice Duruflé, Jehan Alain, César Franck, Louis Vierne1997Album
Alex Hug An Der Fraumünsterorgel ZürichJohann Sebastian Bach, Max Reger, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Alexandre Guilmant, Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Dupré − Alex Hug1996Album
Works For Organ Vol. 3Marcel Dupré1996Album
Works For Organ Vol. 2Marcel Dupré1996Album
Works For Organ Vol. 1Marcel Dupré1996Album
Works For OrganCharles-Marie Widor / Olivier Messiaen / Marcel Dupré / Louis Vierne1994Compil.
Symphonies Pour OrgueMarcel Dupré - Yves Castagnet1993Album
Marcel Dupré Organ Recital (Widor & Franck)Charles-Marie Widor, César Franck, Marcel Dupré1992Compil.
The Alexandra Palace OrganMarcel Dupré1991Album
Marcel Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Volume 1Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré1988Album
Welte-Philharmonie-Orgel (Gespielt 1911-1923 / Aufgenommen 1986)Johann Sebastian Bach, Karl Straube, Marcel Dupré, Walter Fischer, Paul Hindermann1987Album
Organ WorksOlivier Messiaen, Marcel Dupré, Jehan Alain, Věra Heřmanová1986Album
Aux Grandes Orgues De Notre-Dame De ParisMarcel Dupré, Pierre Cochereau1986Album
OrgelwerkeMarcel Dupré, Olivier Messiaen1986Album
OrgelwerkeMarcel Dupré1986Album
Aux Grandes Orgues De Notre-Dame De ParisMarcel Dupré, Pierre Cochereau1986Album
Hommage Au Centenaire - Torvald Torén På Orgeln I Hedvig Eleonora, Stockholm: Evocation Samt Trois Préludes Et Fugues (Op 36)Marcel Dupré, Torvald Torén1986Album
Symphony In G Minor / Organ Concerto No. 1Marcel Dupré / Josef Rheinberger - Michael Murray1986Album
Symphony In G Minor / Organ Concerto In E MinorMarcel Dupré / The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Thomas1986Album
Julmusik - Christmas Music - Musique De NoëlTorvald Torén, Louis-Claude Daquin, Claude Balbastre, Johann Sebastian Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Marcel Dupré, Jean Langlais, Valdemar Söderholm1985Album
Dupré & DemessieuxMarcel Dupré & Jeanne Demessieux / Graham Barber1985Album
Symphonie-Passion / Victimae Paschali / Tu Es PetraMarcel Dupré1985Album
Le Chemin De La Croix / The Stations Of The Cross / Korsets VägMarcel Dupré, Torvald Torén1982Album
Cavaillé-Coll Orgel, Saint-Ouen, RouenBen van Oosten Hommage Aan PRS Baarn1981Album
Sonate C-Moll Der 94. Psalm - Symphonie Nr.2 Cis-MollJulius Reubke - Marcel Dupré - Helmut Schröder1980Album
Julmusik För Orgel - Christmas Music For The OrganHans Fagius, Louis-Claude Daquin, Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Reger, Ernst Pepping, Marcel Dupré1979Album
Musica Sacra - Internationale Kirchenmusiktage In Niederösterreich 1977Anton Bruckner, Dieterich Buxtehude, Johann Jakob Froberger, Marcel Dupré1977Album
Vierne, Tournemire, Dupré; Orgeln i Katarina Kyrka, StockholmTorvald Torén, Louis Vierne, Charles Tournemire, Marcel Dupré1977Album
Le Chemin De La CroixMarcel Dupré1973Album
Playing The Organ At Grace Cathedral, San FranciscoJacques-Nicolas Lemmens • Louis Vierne • Marcel Dupré • Charles-Marie Widor, Michael Murray1973Album
The Organ Of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral • A Memorial To Marcel DupréMarcel Dupré - Graham Steed1972Album
The Organ Of Westminster Cathedral • Organ Symphonies Of Marcel DupréMarcel Dupré / Graham Steed1971Album
Intégrale de l'oeuvre: oeuvre d'orgue - Disque IIIMarcel Dupré1968Album
Au Grand Orgue de l' Eglise Saint-Ouen de Rouen - ChoralsMarcel Dupré1965Album
French Organ MusicJehan Titelouze, Marcel Dupré, Louis Vierne, Jehan Alain, Olivier Messiaen, Jean-François Dandrieu, Jiří Ropek, Milan Šlechta1965Album
OrgelimprovisationenMarcel Dupré1961Album
Marcel Dupré At Saint-Sulpice Volume 4Marcel Dupré1960Album
Pièce Héroïque / Three ChoralesCésar Franck - Marcel Dupré1958Album
Organ RecitalMarcel Dupré1958Album
Symphony No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 78Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Dupré, Paul Paray, Detroit Symphony Orchestra1958Album
Prelude And Fugue In A MinorMarcel Dupré1948Album
Choral "Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland" / Choral "O Mensch, Bewein Dein Sünde Gross"Johann Sebastian Bach, Marcel DupréSingle
Le Chemin De La CroixPaul Claudel, Marcel DupréAlbum
Ten Chorale Preludes Played By Marcel DupréJohann Sebastian Bach - Marcel DupréAlbum
Marcel Dupre Interprete Ses Propres OeuvresMarcel DupréAlbum
Prélude En Sol Majeur / Fugue En Sol MajeurMarcel Dupré, Johann Sebastian BachAlbum
L'amour Est Une Vertu Rare / Le Jongleur De Notre-DameMireille Berthon / Marcel DupréAlbum
Prélude En Mi Bémol / Le CygneMarcel Dupré, Camille Saint-SaënsAlbum
Grande Piece Symphonique/Fantaisie in A/PastoraleMarcel DupréAlbum
Improvisiert An Der Großen Orgel Im Hohen Dom Zu KölnMarcel DupréAlbum
Organ Music - Organ of St. Paul's CathedralMarcel DupréAlbum
Graham Barber Plays The Klais Organ Of Ingolstadt MinsterMarcel Dupré, Jeanne Demessieux - Graham BarberAlbum
Prelude, Fugue and VariationMarcel DupréAlbum
Pièce HeroïqueMarcel DupréAlbum
Deuxième symphonie - Suite Bretonne - Trois ChoralsMarcel DupréAlbum
Bach: Fantasia And Fugue In G Minor "The Great"/Franck: Fantasia In C MajorMarcel DupréAlbum
Gotik: Boëllmann, Bach och Dandrieu M Fl Spelade På Allhelgonakyrkans Orgel I LundLéon Boëllmann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Jean-François Dandrieu, Marcel Dupré, Dieterich Buxtehude, Janåke LarsonAlbum
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