Influential Messiaen protégé is deadmain
The French radio producer and musicologist Jacques Merlet has died of a respiratory complaint, aged 83.
A gifted, impecunious youth, his organ studies were paid for by the composer Olivier Messiaen. Merlet went on to become an advocate of ancient organs and original instruments, forcefully advancing the careers of Jordi Savall, William Christie and many more. Obituary here.