Léon Dessane

Léon Dessane. Organist, conductor, teacher, b Quebec 15 Dec 1863, d there 7 May 1930. The most notable of Antoine Dessane's children, Léon Dessane was a pupil of Calixa Lavallée, and was organist at St-Roch for 33 years.

Dessane, Léon

Léon Dessane. Organist, conductor, teacher, b Quebec 15 Dec 1863, d there 7 May 1930. The most notable of Antoine Dessane's children, Léon Dessane was a pupil of Calixa Lavallée, and was organist at St-Roch for 33 years. He was choirmaster at Manrèse, a Jesuit retreat house in Quebec City, founded the Gounod Quartet and the Dessane Choir, and conducted several of his father's works. He was a music teacher in Quebec City and president of the Académie de musique du Québec 1923-6. The Canadian Musical Heritage Society (vol 4a) published his Trios dans tous les tons for organ, the authenticity of which remains doubtful.