Marcel Grandjany;  Trio Alys Lautemann;  Bigot  (St Laurent Studio YSL T-1220)
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Marcel Grandjany;  Trio Alys Lautemann;  Bigot  (St Laurent Studio YSL T-1220)
S0811. MARCEL GRANDJANY (Harp): L'heure des enfants - Suite; Fantaisie sur un thème de Haydn (Played by the Composer); w. Bigot Cond. RTF S.O.: Harp Concerto in B-flat (Handel); Poème symphonique (Played by the Composer); TRIO ALYS LAUTEMANN: Pastoreles de Noël (Jolivet); Tableaux de Voyage (d'Indy). [Grandjany's 'Fantaisie sur un thème de Haydn' alone merits the chance of hearing this wonderful program!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1220, recorded 1943-59. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. .


“Born in Paris in 1891, the harpist Marcel Grandjany had his early musical training with a relative, Juliette Georges Grandjany, winning a scholarship at the age of eight to study the harp with Henriette Renié. A year later he started classes of solfège at the Conservatoire, where, from 1902 until 1910, he was a pupil of Alphonse Hasselmans, winning the coveted Premier Prix at age thirteen. He made his Paris début with the Concerts Lamoureux Orchestra in 1909, and after a relatively brief period of military service was from 1915 to 1918 organist and choirmaster at the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

At seventeen he made his début with the Concerts Lamoureux Orchestra, and gave his first solo recital, winning immediate acclaim. He appeared with Maurice Ravel in Paris in 1913. His connection with America came with a period of fourteen years as a teacher at the American Conservatoire at Fontainebleau, and, after his London début in 1922, his first appearance in New York two years later. He appeared as soloist with major orchestras under the direction of Gabriel Pierné, Alfred Cortot, Walter Damrosch, Serge Koussevitzky, George Szell, Fritz Reiner and Vladimir Golschmann, among others. He toured widely in Europe and North America and was co-founder of the Quintette Instrumental de Paris, for which composers such as Vincent d’Indy and Albert Roussel wrote works.

From 1921 to 1926, he headed the Harp Department of the Fontainebleau Summer School. He moved to the United States in 1926 and was appointed head of the Harp Department at the Juilliard School in 1938, where he taught until his death in 1975, with the exception of several years during the 1940s when he was on the faculty of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. He also taught at the Manhattan School of Music from 1956 to 1967. Distinguished as a performer and as a teacher, he also wrote a quantity of music for the harp, all of it well suited to the instrument, including original compositions and transcriptions.

At the First International Harp Contest in Israel in 1959, Pierre Jamet of France proposed the formation of an international association of harpists. Grandjany undertook to see what he could do in the United States and chaired a committee of leading harpists. Over the years, he was a member of the Board of Directors, Regional Director, Chapter Chairman and President of the New York Chapter. He generously performed at AHS conferences; in 1964 at the first conference and in 1967, a solo recital which was his last public performance. He supported the educational goals of the Society vigorously and delighted in the American Harp Society's growth and community.”

- International Harp Contest