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Louis Moyse, at 94; was renowned flutist, composer

MONTPELIER -- World-renowned flutist and composer Louis Moyse, cofounder of Vermont's Marlboro Music Festival and a teacher to top flutists around the world, died of heart failure Monday, his family said. He was 94.

Mr. Moyse, who moved to Montpelier in the late 1990s, remained active in music to the end of his life. He spent his last year writing an arrangement of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," and led his master class in a performance of it last week.

"He was so anxious to conduct it and have the master class, because he knew it would be his last," said Janet White Moyse, his wife of 33 years. "He wanted to do it, and he did make it."

Mr. Moyse (Moy-EEZ) was an accomplished pianist and a renowned composer and teacher. Students from around the world attended his master classes, and he composed more than 170 works.

He was born in the Netherlands -- where his father and teacher, renowned flutist Marcel Moyse, was on tour -- and was raised in France.

"He was a wonderful artist and carried on the tradition of the flute from his own father, said his son, Michel. "He was also a wonderful composer through his compositions and his flute studies. Students came from all over the world who were dedicated to working with him."

Philipp Naegele, an emeritus professor of music at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and a friend of Mr. Moyse, called him "his father's son."

"He was playing the flute in the very same style, vibrant, energetic, lyrical, and most of all, modeled on the human voice," Naegele said.

The Moyse family left France after World War II and lived for a time in Argentina before settling in Brattleboro. They, Adolph and Herman Busch, and Rudolf Serkin joined to found the Marlboro Music School and Festival in 1951. The festival continues to draw world-class musicians to southern Vermont for seven weeks each summer.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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