composer and organist
was born 11 August 1909 in Ménil-sur-Belvitte. He was
blind from infancy, and was educated at the National Institution of the
Blind. He later studied at the Paris Conservatory. He was also at this
time a private pupil of Vierne. In 1938 he won
the 2nd Prix de Rome, unprecedented at the time for
a person without sight. He was appointed
organist at the church of St-François Xavier in Paris
in 1946; also was on the staff of the National Institution of
the Blind. In the autumn of 1957 he made his first American
tour as a concert organist. He composed a number of organ
pieces and several sacred choral works, among them Messe
solennelle en français (1966). He died in 1991.
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