Fumet, Dynam-Victor

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Fumet, Dynam-Victor

Fumet, Dynam-Victor, French organist and composer; b. Toulouse, May 4, 1867; d. Paris, Jan. 2, 1949. He studied with Franck and Guiraud at the Paris Cons. At an early age he became involved in the political activities of French anarchists and was forced to leave school. For a time he earned his living as a piano player in Paris nightclubs; in 1910 became organist of St. Anne’s Church in Paris. His music follows the precepts of French Wagnerism, but the influence of Franck is also noticeable. He wrote several orch. works on mystic themes, among them Magnetisme céleste for cello and orch. (1903), Trois âmes (1915), Transsubstantiation (1930), and Notre mirage, noire douleur (1930). During the German occupation he wrote La Prison glorifiee (1943).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire