Labey, Marcel, French conductor and composer; b. Le Vésinet, Seine-et-Oise, Aug. 6, 1875; d. Nancy, Nov. 25, 1968. He studied law in Paris, receiving his degree in 1898, then turned his attention to music, studying piano with Delaborde, harmony with Lenormand, and composition with d’Indy at the Paris Schola Cantorum. He taught piano there, and at d’Indy’s death (1931), became director; was also director of the Cesar Franck School (from 1935). He wrote music in a late Romanticstyle.
dramatic: Opera: Bérengère (1912; Le Havre, April 12, 1929). orch.: 3 syms. (1903, 1908, 1934); Ouverture pour un drame (Paris, Jan. 22, 1921); Suite champêtre (1923).chamber: Piano Sonata; Viola Sonata; 2 violin sonatas; String Quartet; Piano Trio; Piano Quartet; Piano Quintet. vocal: Songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire