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Charles Marie Widor

Artist: Charles Marie Widor 
Born:February 21, 1844 , Lyon
Died:March 12, 1937, Paris
Summary:Charles-Marie Jean Albert Widor was a French organist, composer and teacher. Widor is best remembered today for the Toccata from his Symphony for Organ No. 5, which is often played as a recessional at wedding ceremonies.
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Charles Marie Widor Biography



1844- 1937
Charles-Marie Widor was born in Lyon. His father, the organist of St. François, Lyon, was his first teacher. Later he studied with Jacques Lemmens in Brussels. As a boy, Widor was a skilled improviser. By 1860, at age 16, he replaced his father as the organist at St François, and in 1869 became the organist at St. Sulpice in Paris, where he remained until 1934. In 1890 Widor succeeded Franck as organ professor at the Paris Conservatoire. Among his pupils was the famed Albert Schweitzer. Widor's best known organ piece is the Toccata, which is often played at weddings. Many of his pieces employ the French toccata style, which features fast sixteenth note figurations over solo pedal. Typical of Widor is bravura piano technique in the organ medium. Widor only included religious themes in his final 2 symphonies, the Symphonie Gothique (op. 70) and the Symphonie Romaine (op. 73). He wrote 10 symphonies in total.


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8 Little Preludes and Fugues "(Organ Solo). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Albert Schweitzer, Charles Marie Widor, and Charles-Marie Widor, Albert Schweitzer. For organ. Organ Collection. Baroque. Difficulty: difficult. Collection. Introductory text and performance

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Selected Works for Organ "(Organ Solo). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Charles Marie Widor, Edouard Nies-Berger, Albert Schweitzer, and Albert Schweitzer, Dr.. For organ solo. Organ Collection. Baroque. Difficulty: medium-difficult to difficult. Organ solo book.

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Toccata - From Symphony No. 5 (Organ Solo). By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). Edited by Will C. MacFarlane. For organ. Organ Solo. Classical Period. Difficulty: medium to medium-difficult. Organ solo single. Organ registrations (pipe and hammond organs). 11 pages. G. Schirmer #ST435

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Toccata And Fugue In D Minor "(Organ Solo). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Charles Marie Widor, Albert Schweitzer, and Charles-Marie Widor, Albert Schweitzer. For organ. Organ Solo. Baroque. Difficulty: medium. Organ solo single. Performance notes. 18 pages. G. Schi

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"Suite, Opus 34, No. 1 for Flute and Piano" By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). For Flute. Masterworks; Solo; Woodwind - Flute Solo. Kalmus Edition. Masterwork; Romantic. Part(s). 32 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing

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Little Fugue In G Minor For Organ "(Organ Solo). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Charles-Marie Widor, Albert Schweitzer. Arranged by Charles Marie Widor and Albert Schweitzer. For organ. Organ Solo. Baroque. Difficulty: medium. Organ solo single. Performance notes. 11 pag

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"Symphony No. 5, Op. 42" By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). For Organ. Masterworks; Organ Solo; Solo. Kalmus Edition. Masterwork; Romantic. Sheet. 48 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing

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"Complete Organ Symphonies, Series II" By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). For Organ. Organ - Method or Collection. Dover Edition. Masterwork. Book. Published by Dover Publications

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Toccata-Gloria "(Festival Anthem Based On the Toccata from Symphony No. 5 for Organ - S.A.T.). By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). Arranged by Gordon Young. SATB chorus. For SATB, Organ, Trumpet, Tenor. Choir Loft Choral Series. Choral. Piano reduction/vocal score. Stan

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"Symphonie Gothique, Op. 70" "By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). For Organ. Symphony; Original Works. Romantic, French. Score. Composed 1895. Published by Masters Music Publications Inc."

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"Complete Organ Symphonies, Series I" By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). For Organ. Organ - Method or Collection. Dover Edition. Masterwork. Book. Published by Dover Publications

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"Widor: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 13" By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). For Organ. Classical. Part. 4 pages. Published by Alfred Music. Digital Sheet Music

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"Symphony No. 6 in G Minor, Op. 42" By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). For Organ. Masterworks; Organ Solo; Solo. Kalmus Edition. Masterwork; Romantic. Sheet. 48 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing

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"Messe, Op. 36(2 Choeurs 2 Orgues)" (Partition). By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). Score. Published by Hamelle & Cie

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"Suite, Op. 34" By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). For flute / piano. Score & part. Published by Masters Music Publications Inc.

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"Organ Works, Volume 4: Preludes and Fugues" "(Mature Master Period - Part 2). By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Edited by Charles-Marie Widor, Albert Schweitzer. Arranged by Charles Marie Widor and Albert Schweitzer. For organ. Organ Collection. Baroque. Difficulty: difficult. Instrumental sol

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"Toccata (from Symphony No. 5 for Organ, Op. 42)" By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). Arranged by Dennis R. Johnson. For Organ. Masterworks; Organ Solo. H.W. Gray Standard Series of Organ Compositions. Form: Toccata. Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Advanced. Sheet. 16 pages. Published by Alfred Music P

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Introduction et Rondo (Clarinette et Piano). By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). For clarinet and piano. Published by Heugel & Cie

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"Mass, Op. 36" By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). Arranged by Ronald Huntington. For SATB Choir (SATB). Shawnee Press. 40 pages. Shawnee Press #MF0293. Published by Shawnee Press

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"The Organ Symphonies of Charles-Marie Widor, Volume 1" By Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). For Organ. Masterworks; Organ - Method or Collection. Belwin Edition (H.W. Gray). Masterwork; Romantic. Book. 184 pages. Published by Belwin Publishing

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