Marcel Dupré Collection, ca. 1890s-1994

Creator: Anna French Adams

Title: Marcel Dupré Collection compiled by Anna French Adams

Dates:  ca. 1890s-1994 (Bulk 1920s-1930s)

Abstract: Contains papers related to organist Marcel Dupré, assembled by Franklin Stewart Adams and his wife Anna French Adams. Franklin was a pupil of Dupré and the Adamses had a long-term friendship with Dupré and his wife, Jeanne.  Anna French Adams and Jeanne Dupré, an English teacher, corresponded in English. The collection includes Adams's marked copies of Dupré's organ music, photographs inscribed by Marcel Dupré, programs, clippings, scrapbooks and letters. Marcel Dupré and his daughter Marguerite performed in Westminster's  Bristol Chapel in 1946. Westminster’s Talbott Library received the collection in 1998, shortly after the death of Anna French Adams. 

Provenance

Donated on June 31, 1998 by Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Schumacher, representing the estate of Anna French Adams.

Biographical Note

Marcel Dupré, born in Rouen, France in 1886, was a noted organist and composer with a worldwide reputation as a virtuoso performer and improviser. He was the son of organist Albert Dupré. Marcel was recognized early as a young talent and in his formative years he studied under the direction of his father’s friend Alexandre Guilmant. In his prime he was famous, especially in the United States, and was recognized as a prolific recitalist with excellent improvisational skills. In 1896, at the age of 11, he was appointed organist of the church of Saint-Vivien in Rouen and in the following year he began study at the Paris Conservatoire.  In the 1920s, he gained a reputation through performances in France, England, and the United States. In 1926 he returned to the Paris Conservatoire as professor of organ performance and improvisation, a position he held until 1954.

In the 1920s, Dupré performed more than 2000 organ recitals throughout Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe. In the United States, he was sponsored by the Wanamaker Department Store in Philadelphia and the company organized a nationwide tour which helped him to attain far reaching fame. He also played on the famous Wanamaker organ and composed his Symphonie-Passion (1921) based on his improvisational performances on this organ.

In 1934, Dupré became titular organist at the church of St-Sulpice in Paris and held this position until his death. He attracted a large following there and his performances attracted large crowds. He also wrote organ instruction textbooks as well instructional volumes about the works of other composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. He was also a prolific composer in his own right: his most well-known works include the Symphonie-Passion, the Chemin de la Croix, the Preludes and Fugues, the Esquisses and évocation, and the Cortège et Litanie. 

He married Jeanne (Jeannette) Pasouau in April 1924. She had previously been married to Marcel’s Uncle Henri Dupré. Their marriage was a happy one and lasted until Marcel’s death in 1971. They had one daughter, Marguerite (also a talented organist), and three grandchildren whom they helped raise after Marguerite’s untimely death in 1963 (followed by Marguerite’s husband Emmanuel’s death in 1964). Marcel was active well into his later years. He gave his final concert in Switzerland in 1970. He passed away in May 1971 after a sudden illness.  

Scope and Content Note: 

Contains letters, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, programs, scrapbooks, and photographs pertaining to organist and composer Marcel Dupré. Also contains published works by Dupré and various other composers, most of which contain markings by Franklin Stewart Adams.

Processing Note: 

Original inventory list for this collection includes a listing for “Fantasia , part 1 and part 2,  Adams, Frank Stewart” listed under the category “Scores by Various Composers.” These items are currently not present with the rest of the collection.  Their location is unknown.  Original inventory list and collection notes are in a separate folder in Box 1.

Subject Access Points:

  • Adams, Frank Stewart, 1885-1964
  • Dupré, Marcel, 1886-1971
  • Composers
  • Organ (Musical instrument)
  • Organ Music
  • Organists
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
Folder Title Date Box Folder

SERIES I: LETTERS AND MEMORABILIA

Packet containing two letters from Marcel Dupré: A. single leaf, typed, dated 23 September 1931 pasted to verso, letter to Anna Adams from Jeannette [Dupré], 10 December 1939. B. single leaf, hand written as a recommendation for Frank S. Adams, 24 February 1937.

1931-1939

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Packet containing the Adams scores with programs inside,   “In memory of Marcel Dupré 1886-1971”   by Anna F. Adams, and miscellaneous clippings, programs and flyers (about 7 items).

ca. 1930s-1980s

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Packet of approximately 13 clippings programs, notes “In Remembrance of Marcel Dupré”, postcards, includes letter from David Pizarro

ca. 1930s-1992

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Packet containing approximately 13 picture post cards,  2 greeting cards, and  about 70 letters some including a clipping or a program, primarily from Jeanette Dupré, but also from Marcel Dupré, Marguerite Dupré, E. Tollet, and Charles N. Henderson and possibly others

ca. 1920s-1980s

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 Two scrapbooks in a wrapper labeled “Dupré – Historical”  A.) 12 pages containing programs, journal clippings and a photograph of “Organist’s Midnight  Supper at Angelo’s”, February 1, 1924, which contains 22 names. B.) 30 pages, 1920s-1970s, containing programs, clippings, letters, postcards, photographs, and family snapshots.   Small packet enclosed containing 2 programs, photocopy of page in Anna Adams hand & a program fragment.

1920s-1970s

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 Issue of The Grainger Journal, vol. 3 no 2, which contains a clipping from Gannett Westchester newspapers --an interview with Anna F. Adams.  This issue has her article:  “Remembered Years”

 

March 1981

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SERIES II: DUPRÉ WORKS-- PUBLISHED EDITIONS

Cortege et Litanie (a work by Marcel Dupré)-- conductor’s score, inscribed to Frank Adams from Marcel Dupré

 

1924

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Cortege et Litanie --Grand orgue part, signed Marcel Dupré (inscription [to Frank Adams] cut away) and organ part, violin and viola parts

 

1924

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Cortege et Litanie – contra bass, bassoon, bass clarinet, English horn, oboe, flute, bass violin, cello

1924

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9

Cortege et Litanie – trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, harpe, celest Glockenspiel cymbal, kettle drum

1924

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10

Traite d’Improvisation a l’Orgue;  signed Margaretta G. French; in pencil: Frank Stewart Adams

1925

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Psyche, for voices & piano;  signed Margaretta French, with clipping from The American Organist

1914

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Vepres du Commun des Fettes de la Sainte Vierge, signed Margaretta French; Lamento pour orgue; signed Marcel Dupré ?; Le Chemin de la Croix; with clipping from The American Organist

1920-1932

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Variations Sur un Noel

Trois Preludes et Fugues; signed Margaretta French & Frank Stewart Adams

1920-1923

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Suite Bretonne; inscribed to  Frank Adams by Marcel Dupré (2 copies)

Symphonie-Passion  signed by Dupré

1924-1925

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SERIES III: SCORES BY VARIOUS COMPOSERS

Andrews, M. Sonata in A minore for organ, op. 17; Becker, R. First sonata for organ, in G minor, op. 40 and Second sonata for organ, in F, op. 41;

Buck, D. Grand sonata in Eb, op. 22;

Elgar, E. Sonate fur Orgel, op. 28

1896-1912

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6

Guilmant, A. Cantilene pastorale, op. 15, no. 3 ( 2 copies, one very fragile); Sonata 1 for organ, op. 42; Sonata 2, op. 50; Sonata 3, op. 50; Sonata 4, op. 61; Sonata 5, op. 80; Sonata in b minor, op. 86; Sonata 7, op. 89

1876-1941

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7

Jongen, J. Sonata Eroica, op. 94;

Lemmens, J., Sonate Pontificale, no. 1 of Trois Sonates pour Orgue;

Merkel, G.  Sonata no. 2, op. 42;

Ritter, A.G.  Sonate, Em, op. 19;

Whiting, G. E. Grand Sonata for organ, op. 25; Wilson, M.  Sonata in C major, op. 17

1890-1932

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SERIES IV: PHOTOGRAPHS

M. Mauro-Cottone, inscribed to Frank Stewart Adams

January 29, 1923

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Marcel Dupré at Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia

1923

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Marcel Dupré, inscribed to Frank Adams,

March 19, 1923

 

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Marcel Dupré, inscribed to Margaretta French

August 16, 1927

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Marcel Dupré, inscribed to Margaretta French

February 1, 1929

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Marcel & Marguerite Dupré, inscribed to Frank & Anna Adams

December 8, 1937

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Garrick Ohlsson, framed newspaper clipping, March 10, 1994 (written on front--“ Garrick was in my Junior Choir for a very brief time in the 1930s at Trinity Lutheran Church, White Plains”

March 10. 1994

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