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Fleury, Louis, 1878-1926 (French flautist and musical scholar)


Louis Fleury was a French flautist who studied under Paul Taffanel at the Conservatoire de Paris. An acclaimed musician, he inspired works by significant composers. Claude Debussy dedicated "Syrinx", a piece for solo flute, to him in 1913, and Fleury performed the première. In 1921, Cyril Rootham dedicated a "Suite in Three Movements" for flute and piano to Fleury. Fleury rediscovered many forgotten Baroque flute compositions and commissioned new pieces for the flute by contemporary composers. He was a founder member of the Société Moderne des Instruments à Vent. Fleury was a friend of the Scottish music teacher Sophie Weisse, for whom he performed at Northlands, the all-girl school that Weisse established in Surrey in 1892.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Edward Speyer from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 11 February 1919

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L192
Scope and Contents Letter, 11 February 1919, Edinburgh, Donald Tovey to Edward Speyer. Identification of Speyers Ms. of a Bach Toccata. Holograph signed.
Dates: 11 February 1919

Letter to Sir Donald Francis Tovey from Louis Fleury, c1925

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L1134
Scope and Contents Letter, [1925], Paris, Louis Fleury to Donald Tovey. Commenting on Tovey's trip to America and concerts in Paris and Edinburgh. Holograph signed, with black and white photograph of a man looking puzzled stuck to top of p.1.
Dates: c1925

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Louis Fleury, c1900

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2148
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], Louis Fleury to Sophie Weisse. Discussing dates for concert performances at Northlands. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1900

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Louis Fleury, c1900

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L2150
Scope and Contents Letter, [n.d], London, Louis Fleury to Sophie Weisse. Informing Miss. Weisse that Fleury is in London and would like to see Tovey and Miss. Weisse. Holograph signed.
Dates: c1900

Letter to Sophie Weisse from Sir Donald Francis Tovey, 06 August 1923

Identifier: Coll-411/1/1/L672
Scope and Contents Letter, 6 August 1923, Donald Tovey to Sophie Weisse. Explaining a mix up in Salzburg, where Tovey's place had been taken by another pianist. Holograph signed in pencil.
Dates: 06 August 1923

Three letters signed from Sophie Weisse to Louis Fleury, 5 June, 28 June, 13 July 1910

 File — Box: CLX-A-1702
Identifier: Coll-1848/21-0018
Scope and Contents This collection consists of three letters, in French, from the Scottish music teacher, Sophie Weisse (1852-1945) to the French flautist Louis Fleury (1878-1926). Composed in June-July 1910 in Northlands, Englefield Green, Surrey. The letters discuss concert plans, including a performance by Weisse’s close friend and protegé, Donald Tovey. One letter mentions Tovey’s great admiration of Fleury’s playing.
Dates: 5 June, 28 June, 13 July 1910