Paray, Paul

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Paray, Paul Gender: M
born on 24 May 1886 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Le Tréport, France, 50n04, 1e22
Timezone LMT m1e22 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Taeger
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 02°47' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 12°06 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 03°36'

Portrait of Paul Paray 
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Paul Paray
photo: Cantor25, license gfdl


French conductor, organist and composer.

In 1911, Paul Paray won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata Yanitza.

In 1914, he was a prisoner of war at the Darmstadt camp, where he composed a string quartet. Refusing any musical association with the Germans, he submitted to a harsh four-year period of captivity, while developing the astonishing ability to compose music without the aid of an instrument, conceiving and formulating all the musical details mentally which he would later transcribe on paper in a single stroke, without erasure.

In 1952, he was appointed music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra which he had built it into one of the world's most distinguished.

His vast culture and prodigious musical memory permitted him to excel in the classical orchestral repertory, whether it be German, French or Russian, and to conduct the numerous premiers his contemporaries asked of him.

His own works are rich in rhythmic and melodic invention. They include vocal and choral works, piano, chamber music, mass and symphonies.

He died 10 October 1979, Monte Carlo.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Taeger quotes Lescaut who quotes Barbault, B.R.


  • Traits : Mind : Memory
  • Traits : Personality : Ambitious
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Music
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession