Louis-Joseph Diemer (1843-1919) was a French pianist and
composer. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, where
his teachers included Antoine Marmontel for piano,
Ambroise Thomas for composition and Francois Benoist for
organ. Diemer won a first prize in piano, harmony and
accompaniment, counterpoint and fugue, and solfege, and
a second prize in organ.
After completing his studies he toured with the
violinist Pablo de Sarasate and quickly built a
reputation as a virtuoso. Cesar Franck's Symphonic
Variations and Edouard Lalo's Piano Concerto in F minor
were both written for Diemer. He also promoted the use
of historical instruments and gave a series of
harpsichord performances in 1889 as part of the
In 1888, he succeeded Marmontel as professor of piano
at the Paris Conservatory. His students included
Alfredo Casella and Robert Casadesus.
Diemer's Legende,Op. 52 for oboe and piano was written
for the 1904 Concours du Conservatoire National de
Musique de Paris. Duration approximately 8:15.