Marcel Moyse was one of the greatest flutists and influential musicians of the 20th Century. He was the first to create a career as an international flute soloist. As a student of Hennebains, Taffanel, and Gaubet, Moyse represented a direct link to the French School of woodwind playing. He was a renowned teacher (Paris Conservatoire, Geneva Conservatory, masterclasses worldwide) and shared his concepts with students James Galway, William Bennett, Trevor Wye, Michel Debost, Bernard Goldberg, Carol Wincenc, Paula Robison, Julia Bogorad, Robert Aitken, etc. The author of some 20 different pedagogical texts including De la Sonorité, and Tone Development Through Interpretation, Moyse set a standard in flute playing that few have ever matched. Composers such as Ibert, Milhaud, and Roussel dedicated works to him and he was the principal flutist in the premiere performances of Petrushka, Le Sacre du Printemps, and Daphnis et Chloé. Moyse also contributed greatly to the role of the flute in chamber music through his work with the Moyse Trio and as one of the founders of the Marlboro Festival and School of Music. Fortunately, the Moyse Society, founded in 1988, now has a website that helps to prolong and promote this legacy while continuing to offer educational DVDs, online videos, access to rare Moyse recordings, and the Society’s newsletters. I hope this website will inspire woodwind players to purchase some of Moyse’s recordings, pedagogical books, and the biography by Ann McCutchan entitled Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute.
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