Dupré, Marcel. (1886–1971)
Signed photograph of the great French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue. He is shown seated at the organ console with his arms folded, and has signed and inscribed at the foot, dating November 27, 1937. Photographed by Underwood & Underwood. Fine. 10 x 8 inches (25.3 x 20.2 cm).
A student of Louis Diémer and Lazare Lévy (piano), Alexandre Guilmant and Louis Vierne (organ), and Charles-Marie Widor (composition), Dupré was later professor of organ performance and improvisation at the Paris Conservatoire (1926 - 1954) and teacher of two generations of well-known organists including Jehan Alain and Marie-Claire Alain, Pierre Cochereau, Jeanne Demessieux, Rolande Falcinelli, Jean Guillou, Jean Langlais, and Olivier Messiaen, to name only a few. In 1934, Dupré succeeded Charles-Marie Widor as titular organist at St. Sulpice in Paris, a post he held until his death in 1971. Winner of the Grand Prix de Rome in 1914 and regarded as a virtuoso of the highest order, Dupré contributed extensively to the development of organ technique, both through his own organ music and in his pedagogical works.