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Marcel Moyse

Marcel Moyse (1889-1984) was born in St. Amour, Jura on May 17, 1889. After having studied with the great flutists, Adolphe Hennebains and Philippe Gaubert, Marcel Moyse at the age of 16 won the coveted First Prize at the Conservatoire de Paris (class of Paul Taffanel) after only one year of study. He became solo flutist with the Pasdeloup Orchestra, Paris in 1918 and with the Society des Concerts du Conservatoire. From 1913 to 1938 he was the solo flutist at the Opera-Comique and from 1922 to 1933 with the Concerts Straram. He was the professor of flute at the Paris Conservatoire (1932-49) and a member of the Conseil Superieur de la Radio-Diffusion Française (1936-39). Moyse was the soloist under such conductors as Walter, Toscannini, Mengelberg, Klemperer, and Strauss. In 1934 he was made a member of the Legion d’Honneur and later a commandant. In 1933 he formed the Moyse Trio with his son, pianist Louis Moyse, and with his daughter-in-law, violinist Blanche Honegger Moyse. The Trio won a grand prix du disque in 1935 for a recording of Bach and toured Europe, South America, and the USA up to 1950. Mr. Moyse was a co-founder of the Marlboro School of Music in 1951 with Rudolf Serkin and Adolf Busch.

Marcel Moyse was a champion of all the woodwinds, never considering them inferior musically to the strings. At the Marlboro Music School and Festival, he was the backbone of the woodwinds, coaching and conducting many ensembles. In this role, he inspired some of the finest woodwind playing in the country.