Delvincourt, Claude , outstanding French composer and music educator; b. Paris, Jan. 12,1888; d. in an automobile accident in Orbetello, Italy, April 5, 1954. He studied with Boellmann, Biisser, Caussade, and Widor at the Paris Cons.; in 1913 he received the Prix de Rome for his cantata Faust et Helene (sharing the prize with Lili Boulanger). He was in the French army during World War I, and on Dec. 31,1915, suffered a crippling wound. He recovered in a few years, and devoted himself energetically to musical education and composition. In 1931 he became director of the Versailles Cons.; in 1941 he was appointed director of the Paris Cons. His music was distinguished by strong dramatic and lyric quali-ties; he was most successful in his stage WORKS.
Offrande a Siva, choreographic poem (Frankfurt am Main, July 3, 1927); La Femme à barbe, musical farce (Versailles, June 2, 1938); Lucifer, mystery play (Paris, Dec. 8, 1948); 2 orch. suites from the film score La Croisiere jaune: Pamir (Paris, Dec. 8, 1935) and Films d’Asie (Paris, Jan. 16, 1937); Ce monde de rosée for Voice and Orch. (Paris, March 25, 1935); chamber music; piano pieces.
W. Landowski, L’Oeuvre de C. D. (Paris, 1947).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire