Level: Advanced. French
organist and composer Louis Vierne (1870–1937), a student of both Franck and
Widor, was appointed organist at Notre-Dame in Paris at the age of 30 and held
that position until his death. Among his compositions are numerous works for
organ, including six organ symphonies, the first three of which are reprinted
here. Of this music, Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians says: "The best of his organ works are brilliantly
effective and of considerable harmonic originality."
Now organists and music lovers can study and enjoy three of
these majestic, lyrical works in this durable, attractive Dover edition,
reprinted from authoritative French scores. This edition also includes a
glossary of French terms used in these scores and specifications of the organs
on which the symphonies were premiered.