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Raymond Daveluy (1926-2016)

Date August 31, 2016 Author Alexia Jensen
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It is with great sadness that the Canadian International Organ Competition has learned of the passing of Raymond Daveluy, Quebecois organist and composer on September 2nd.

Early life

He studied the organ early on with his father Lucien Daveluy, then worked with Conrad Letendre (organ) and Gabriel Cusson (theory). He won the Prix d'Europe in 1948, allowing him to travel to New York to study with Hugh Giles. In 1959, il was the first North-American organist to compete in the Haarlem International Improvisation Competition, in the Netherlands: he won first prize.

Jean Vallerand of the Quebec newspaper Le Devoir highlighted this: « I admire his clear playing, the precision of his legato, the luminosity of his cuntrapuntal style, his intelligent loyalty to the style of the pieces, his musicological approach, which informs his tempos and logical registrations. »

Raymond Daveluy: Titular Organist

He was first appointed at Montreal's St Jean Baptiste, Immaculée-Conception and Saint-Sixte churches, and was then appointed Titular organist of St-Joseph's Oratory until 2002.

Along with organists Gaston and Lucienne Harel, Mireille and Bernard Lagacé, Kenneth Gilbert, he was a major actor in the renaissance in Quebec organ building. We owe these organists the three Rudolph von Beckerath in Montreal (at St-Joseph's Oratory, Immaculée Conception and Queen Mary Road).

A biography can be found on The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Tribute Concert during the CIOC Festival

During our Tribute Concert, Rachel Laurin will premiere his last piece for the organ, his Sonata no. 9, as well as a selection of earlier pieces; we will highlight Mr. Daveluy's contributions to the organ community, of which there were many. We hope you can join us for this life celebration.