Moyse, Marcel (Joseph)

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Moyse, Marcel (Joseph)

Moyse, Marcel (Joseph), celebrated French flutist and pedagogue, father of Louis Moyse; b. St. Amour, Jura, May 17,1889; d. Brattleboro, Vt., Nov. 1, 1984. He studied flute (premier prix, 1906) with Taffanel, Hennebains, and Gaubert, and chamber music with Capet at the Paris Cons. In 1908 he made his debut as soloist with the Pasdeloup Orch. in Paris. From 1913 to 1938 he played flute in the orch. of the Opéra-Comique in Paris. He also played in the Concerts Staram in Paris (1922–33). From 1932 to 1949 he was prof, of flute at the Paris Cons. In 1933 he formed the Moyse Trio with his son as pianist and his daughter-in-law Blanche Honegger Moyse as violinist. In 1949 he settled in the U.S. In 1950 he helped found the Marlboro (Vt.) Music Festival, where he was active as both a performer and teacher. He also gave master classes abroad. In 1934 Moyse was made a member of the Légion d’honneur. As a performer, he played various modern works. Ibert composed his Flute Concerto for Moyse, who gave the first performance in 1933. Moyse wrote many didactic works for the flute as well as the manual Tone Development through Interpretation.


T. Wye, M M.: An Extraordinary Man: A Musical Biography(Cedar Falls, 1993); A. McCutchan, M. M.: Voice of the Flute(Portland, Ore., 1995).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis Mclntire

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