Posts tagged ‘Organ Symphony No. 5’

May 8, 2016

2016-05-08 Notes from the Bench

“Toccata” from “Organ Symphony No. 5” by Charles-Marie Widor

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) is among the best-known composers of French symphonic organ literature. During his lifetime, Widor was an internationally famous recitalist, having performed concerts throughout Europe. Widor wrote music for operas, ballets, choirs, solo voice, orchestra, small ensembles, and piano, however his organ works are his best-known compositions and performed with the greatest frequency. Widor composed ten organ “symphonies,” multi-movement works for solo organ that were inspired by the symphonies composed for orchestra. The organ symphony genre utilized the tonal resources of the symphonic organ and imitated the orchestral timbres, textures, effects, and the symphonic process. The Toccata is the final movement of Organ Symphonie No. 5, composed in 1879. This fiery and grandiose movement with its perpetual motion and rhythmic figures is Widor’s best-known work.


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