Vincent d' Indy (1851-1931)

Vincent d’Indy’s writings constitute a corpus as diverse as it is substantial. A vital source of knowledge regarding the musician’s life, career and, especially, his ideas, d’Indy’s writings are also of undeniable historical interest, as their author played a leading role in French musical life during the Third Republic.

At an early age, d’Indy developed the habit of expressing his feelings and ideas in writing.  Between 1863 and 1869, he kept notebooks about his travels and holidays. From 1869 to 1877, he maintained a relatively regular diary which he entitled Ma Vie, probably unaware that Wagner had given the same title to his own autobiography (Mein Leben, 1870).  In 2001, a compilation of extensive excerpts of these early notebooks as well as a substantial anthology of d’Indy’s correspondence was published under the same title (Ma Vie), shedding new light on this most controversial and influent musician. These early writings are full of observations and considerations, often highly developed and related not only to music but also to the visual arts, literature, religion, politics, etc. They thus shed valuable light on d'Indy’s intellectual and aesthetic profile, as well as on the origin of the theories he later developed and taught. The ensemble offers an irreplaceable record of musical life in France at the turn of the Second Empire and the Third Republic, enriched by the account of d’Indy’s first travels in Europe (Belgium, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain).

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firstnameVincent d'
birth year1851
death year1931
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