Tombelle, Fernand de la

1854-

 

Noteworthy composer and performer on piano and organ; born in Paris, of excellent and cultured parents. When only five years old could play the piano surprisingly well. He studied at the University and later in the faculty of Droit at Paris. His musical studies were under the care of Guilmant, who taught him harmony and organ and acquainted him with the masters of the Sixteenth Century. At the Conservatory he studied under Theodore Du Bois, who taught him fugue, counterpoint and composition. Greatly inspired by Saint-Saens he studied the classics under this master with   great thoroughness. He won a series of prizes offered by the Society of Organists and was twice awarded the Wolf grand prize for symphony. His remakable talent as a composer for organ caused him to be chosen to compose the inauguration piece for the great organ in the Auditorium at Chicago. He is an excellent performer on piano and organ and is often heard at the Capitol and at the Church of the Madeleine, where he sometimes replaced Du Bois. Among his compositions are two series of organ-pieces; several suites for orchestra; a fantasy for piano with orchestra; two quartets and a trio, a number of choral scenes and several sets of songs, among them a fine collection entitled Songs and Reveries. Many of his choral scenes are entire poems to which he has written the words as well as the music. Some of his organ works have been performed at the Trocadero and are also known in America and England.