Charles-Marie Widor, in full
Charles-marie-jean-albert Widor (born Feb. 21, 1844, Lyon,
France—died March 12, 1937, Paris), French organist,
composer, and teacher.
The son and grandson of organ
builders, Widor began his studies under his father and at
the age of 11 became organist at the secondary school of
Lyon. After studies in organ and composition in Brussels, he
returned to Lyon (1860) to succeed his father as organist at
Saint-François, where he remained for a decade. In 1870 the
post of organist at Saint-Sulpice in Paris became vacant,
and Widor was given the appointment for a year; he left it
in 1934. He taught at the Conservatory in Paris, succeeding
César Franck as professor of organ in 1890 and Théodore
Dubois as professor of composition in 1896.
Among Widor’s students at
the Paris Conservatory were many of the most distinguished
European organists active around the turn of the century,
including Louis Vierne and Marcel Dupré. Albert Schweitzer
studied organ under him, and Arthur Honegger and Darius
Milhaud studied composition.
As a composer Widor is best
remembered for his 10 symphonies for organ, although he also
wrote two operas, a sizable body of ballet music, and
various other vocal and orchestral works. Individual
movements from many of his organ symphonies have become
standard elements in recital repertory, most notably the
“Toccata” from the Fifth. With Schweitzer, he edited the
first five volumes of a definitive collection of J.S. Bach’s
works for organ.
Charles-Marie Widor - Symphony No.
2 for Orchestra (1882)
Symphony No. 2 in A Major, Op. 54
Performed by the Staatsphilharmonie
Rheinland-Pfalz, conducted by Peer Stol
Symphonie V - Charles Marie Widor.
I Allegro Vivace.
II Allegro cantabile.
III Andantino Quasi Allegreto.