many outstanding musicians that have lived; Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart, to
name a few. There are many great modern day musicians, too. Take Marcel Moyse
for example. This amazing flutist taught so many people how to play. He also
wrote many books, such as Tone
Development through Interpretation, which have helped so many people.
Marcel Moyse was born May 17, 1889,
in France. He moved around very much because his mother died and his father
disowned him. He finally moved in with his uncle when he was fifteen. At age
sixteen, Paul Taffanel became his teacher and taught him how to play the flute.
He won the Premier Prix that year, which is a high honor, when he was sixteen.
From 1913 to 1938, Mr. Moyse played
as a soloist in Paris under many well-known conductors, such as Strauss and
Toscanini. He played for the premiere of Flute
Concerto in 1934. Around that time, he was awarded another award: the
Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. In 1939, Moyse formed a musical group with
his son and his daughter-in-law. He played flute, his son, Louis, played piano,
and his daughter-in-law, Blanche, played violin. The group was broken up
because Louis went to fight in World War II. However, after the war was over,
they reestablished the group and went to South America to perform. They went
back to Europe in 1941.
Marcel Moyse immigrated with his
family to Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1949. There, they started the Brattleboro
Music Center at Marlboro College. They were very successful; they had about two
hundred students the first year!
Mr. Moyse was more than just a great
flute player; he was one of the most influential flute players in the twentieth
century. He kept the French-style of flute playing, which has a beautiful and
smooth sound, alive. He taught flute for twenty-two years in Paris, and more in
Vermont. He wrote thirty-seven books, and he also made recordings of himself
playing. He died at the age of ninety-four in 1984, in Vermont. Though he is no
longer here, his legacy remains. He was and still is inspiration for thousands
of flute players. He is gone but not forgotten.