His interpretations of the classics of the 19th and 20th centuries French music were his point of fame, composers such as Gabriel Pierné, Reynaldo Hahn, Vincent d’Indy, Maurice Ravel, and Gabriel Fauré.
His style emphasized clarity and ease of technique that comes through clearly on this 1972 performance of Fauré’s waltz caprices.
Fauré: Complete Valses Caprices
And in this recording of Ropartz’ pieces about young girls, he captures the insouciance of the coquette.
Ropartz: Jeunes filles: III. La Coquette (Jean Doyen, piano)
As a solid student of the Conservatoire and an influential teacher, Doyen helped to create the French sound that dominated the 20th century French pianism.