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"In this most welcome first biography of Pierre Cochereau, Anthony Hammond gives us just what one would hope for: a detailed account of Cochereau's life, a thorough look at the influences that shaped his work, a valuable assessment of his craft as an interpreter, and new understanding of his art as an improviser." --Lawrence Archbold, Carleton College
Présentation de l'éditeur
This book examines the career of one of the twentieth century's greatest French organists, Pierre Cochereau (1924-84). Described by his teacher Marcel Dupré as "a phenomenon without equal in the history of the contemporary organ," Pierre Cochereau had a glittering, worldwide career. The book provides a biographical study compiled with the help of Cochereau's surviving family and friends, from a variety of existing sources and with reference to the previously overlooked archive films in the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, France. Cochereau's time in Dupré's organ class at the Paris Conservatoire is examined through primary source research using Dupré's papers in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. In 1955 Cochereau was appointed Organiste Titulaire at Notre-Dame de Paris. He restored its musical glory and transformed its organ. The latter work drew praise and condemnation in equal measure, and it is evaluated in this book more fully than ever before. As a recitalist, Cochereau toured South America, Australia, Asia, Canada, and Europe in addition to twenty-five tours of the United States. He was the first western organist to perform in the former Soviet Union., played with many major orchestras under the batons of conductors as distinguished as Herbert von Karajan and Daniel Barenboim, participated in numerous music festivals in Europe, founded several more, made over eighty recordings, and was one of the founders of the Chartres International Organ Competition. He was honored several times for his achievements, including being named an Officer of the Legion of Honor (1978). As a teacher, administrator and campaigner for standards in music education, Cochereau made the Nice Conservatoire one of the leading establishments of its type in France. Anthony Hammond's Pierre Cochereau: Organist of Notre-Dame tells the full story, for the first time, of one of the great organists of the twentieth century.