Marcel Tournier

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Marcel Lucien Tournier (January 5, 1879 – May 8, 1951) was a French harpist, composer, and teacher who composed important solo repertory for the harp that expanded the technical and harmonic possibilities of the instrument. His works are regularly performed in concert and recorded by professional harpists, and they are often test pieces for harp-performance competitions. A student of Alphonse Hasselmans at the Paris Conservatory, Tournier won the Second Grand Prize of the Prix de Rome in 1909. He also won the Rossini Prize for Laura et Petrarch.

Tournier succeeded his teacher as professor of harp in 1912, holding that position until 1948, training two generations of harpists from France, the United States, other European countries, and Japan. Tournier composed several dozen solos for harp, a number of chamber works that feature the harp prominently, and a few works for piano and for orchestra. Notable students include American harpist and educator Eileen Malone.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Virtuoso Harp Erica Goodman 1
1991 Harp Recital Jana Boušková 1
1995 Clair de lune: Musique romantique pour harpe Naoko Yoshino 1
1997 Musique française pour harpe Isabelle Moretti 1
1998 Pictures of the Floating World Yolanda Kondonassis 1
1999 Clásicos en Zaragoza: Alumnos del Conservatorio Profesional de Música Various Artists 1
2000 Harp Showpieces Judy Loman 1
2004 Eye of the Storm Julia Thornton 1
2012 Aquarelles Valérie Milot 1
The Magic of the Harp Lily Laskine 1
The World of the Harp Susann McDonald 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Virtuoso Harp Various Artists 1
1995 Harp Music From Six Centuries Edward Witsenburg 1
1999 UltraSound: Music for the Unborn Child Various Artists 1
2012 Cello Romance Various Artists 1
The Most Relaxing Harp Album in the World Various Artists 1

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