Circumstantial Evidence #9932
Proof that the creative spirit was alive when Marcel Dupré improvised in Paris eighty years ago. On August 15, 1919, while substituting for an ailing Louis Vierne, 33-year-old Marcel Dupré improvised for an afternoon service at Notre Dame Cathedral. In the audience, totally by chance, was Claude Johnson, head of Rolls-Royce. He was so moved by the music that he encouraged Dupré to write down his improvisations, guaranteed their publication and sponsored Dupré’s subsequent London debut recital which marked the beginning of this artist’s astounding international career.
LOUIS VIERNE: Motet, Ave Maria. CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR: Motet, Tu es Petrus. MARCEL DUPRÉ: Motet, Tantum ergo –Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O’Donnell, conductor; Joseph Cullen (1932 Henry Willis & Sons/Westminster Cathedral, London, England, UK) Hyperion CDA66898