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In contrast with Franck—a church organist by profession—d’Indy possessed a greater orchestral imagination gained in his early years as a freelance horn player and subsequently as timpanist in the Orchestre Colonne. At the same time, as a fervent French regionalist and Roman Catholic, he regarded both the folk music of his beloved native Ardèche and the traditional Gregorian chant as a prime means of renewing the melodic dimension of opera and symphonic music. His compositional ideas and philosophy were systematized in his once influential and compendious Cours de composition musicale, the basis of his teaching at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, of which he was among the founders in 1894. Nevertheless, this strongly pedagogic aspect of his work should not be permitted to obscure the quite independent merits of his best music, characterized by a colour and atmosphere very far removed from academic aridity.
from notes by Andrew Thomson © 2009