NO. R-181.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Louis Moyse on the occasion of his 90th birthday and honoring his outstanding contribution to the musical arts in Vermont.

(H.C.R.117)

Offered by:  Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Kitzmiller of Montpelier and Botzow of Pownal.

Whereas, Louis Moyse’s long and rich life in the musical arts as a superb flutist, talented pianist, innovative composer, and exemplary teacher has taken him around the world, especially to Marlboro and Brattleboro in Windham County, and more recently, to Montpelier, and

Whereas, a native of the Netherlands who spent his youth in Paris, he attended the city’s conservatory, earning a first prize, the equivalent of a doctoral degree, in flute studies, and

Whereas, following graduation, Louis Moyse devoted much of his attention to chamber music playing in Europe with his father, the famous flutist Marcel Moyse, as part of the Moyse Trio, and met the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu who greatly influenced his own composing career, and

Whereas, Louis Moyse’s fame spread, and in 1950, he was invited to perform at the opening concerts of the Marlboro School of Music, now the renowned Marlboro Music Festival, and

Whereas, Moyse’s compositions, the “Marlborian” Concerto No. 1, a Divertimento, and Louis’ Suite, whose debut in 1957 concluded decades of father and son performing together, were all premiered at the festival, and

Whereas, while residing in southern Vermont, he cofounded the Brattleboro Music Center and the New England Bach Festival which both remain vibrant musical institutions, and

Whereas, in tribute to his adopted state, he composed the “Ballad of Vermont,” an oratorio which the Brattleboro Music Center premiered in 1972, and

Whereas, in 1998, after a temporary sojourn from Vermont to the western side of Lake Champlain, Louis Moyse and his wife Janet settled in Montpelier where he has become an active member of the musical community as a teacher and coach, and

Whereas, on May 4, Louis Moyse’s 90th birthday was celebrated musically at a Montpelier chamber concert featuring Vermont Symphony music director and violinist Jaime Laredo, Laredo’s wife, cellist Sharon Robinson, flutist Karen Kevra, and pianist Paul Orgel, and

Whereas, on June 13, in honor of his outstanding contribution to the arts in Vermont, he will be awarded the Vermont Arts Council’s Cerf Award, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Louis Moyse on the occasion of his 90th birthday and honors him for his outstanding contribution to the musical arts in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Louis Moyse in Montpelier.