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date: 18 August 2019

Widor, Charles-Marie(-Jean-Albert)locked

  • Félix Raugel
  •  and Andrew Thomson

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(b Lyons, Feb 21, 1844; d Paris, March 12, 1937). French organist, composer and teacher known primarily for his organ symphonies.

Félix Raugel

His mother was of Italian ancestry, and his paternal grandfather was an organ builder of Hungarian descent; his father was both an organ builder and performer who gave Widor his first lessons. The boy showed great ability and at the age of 11 became the organist at the lycée in Lyons. Upon the recommendation of Cavaillé-Coll, Widor went to Brussels, where he studied composition with Fétis and the organ with J.-N. Lemmens. Lemmens, who was the most recent member of a line of teachers connected directly to Bach, taught him traditional German interpretations of Bach to which he remained loyal for the rest of his life. He played the organ at St François in Lyons from 1860 and performed frequently in the provinces until 1870...

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