20040420041104The French composer Vincent d'Indy was a tireless promoter of his fellow countrymen's music, both at home and abroad.

He served in the Franco-PRUSSIAn War of 1870 and was frustrated by his inability to serve his country again in the First World War, even though by then he was 63 years old.

French regionalism was in his blood as his family had been linked to the Ardeche region for generations and he found inspiration in the countryside for his music.

In today's programme Donald Macleod considers different aspects of the composer's nationalist sympathies.

Sur la mer, Op 32

BBC Singers/Ron Corp

L'apothicaire facetieux

Jour d'退t退 à la montagne

Loire Valley Philharmonic Orchestra/Pierre Dervaux

Overture to Fervaal

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic/Jean Fournet.