Dazzling Dupré: Celebrating the virtuoso organist and composer

French organist Marcel Dupré (1886–1971) was titular organist at St Sulpice, Paris for 37 years, succeeding his teacher, Charles-Marie Widor. 

His students included Langlais and Messiaen, and he gave over 2,000 recitals across Europe, America, and Australia. Dupré was equally famed for his dazzling improvisations and compositions, many of which set new standards of difficulty for the virtuoso organist. 

To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, Peter Dyke (Assistant Director of Music) and François Cloete (Organ Scholar) will perform a series of his organ music as voluntaries at choral services in the cathedral between 1 November 2021 and 9 January 2022. 

Music played will include many of Dupré’s most virtuoso organ works, such as the Trois Préludes et FuguesChorale et Fugue, Esquisses, and Variations sur un Noël.

Monday 1 November, 5.30 pm

Placare Christe servulis

PD

Saturday 6 November, 5.30 pm

Prelude and Fugue in G minor

FC

Sunday 14 November, 3.30 pm

Cortège et Litanie

FC

Sunday 28 November, 3.30 pm

Le monde dans l'attente du Sauveur

PD

Sunday 5 December, 3.30 pm

Prelude and Fugue in F minor

FC

Sunday 12 December, 11.30 am

Esquisse in E minor

PD

Sunday 19 December, 3.30 pm

Choral et Fugue, op.57

PD

Saturday 25 December, 11.30 am

Variations sur un Noël

FC

Sunday 9 January, 3.30 pm

Prelude and Fugue in B major

FC