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Symphonie gothique

By Charles Marie Widor

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Composed by Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937). Edited by John R. Near. This edition: critical edition. Score. Published by A-R Editions (A2.N019).

Item Number: A2.N019

ISBN 978-0-89579-541-0. 9x12 inches.

Charles-Marie Widor turned to plainchant for melodic material in his last two organ symphonies, beginning with the Symphonie gothique, opus 70 (1895). The introduction to this edition includes an essay on the Symphonie gothique, an accounting of its first performances, a detailed discussion of its sources, a statement of editorial policies, and information about Widor's registrations. With the Symphonie gothique, in four movements, Widor sought to instill an unequivocal sacred character into his organ music. The Christmas Day introit "Puer natus est" is introduced toward the middle of the third movement, and the fourth movement is entirely given over to the development of the plainsong melody in a theme, five variations (three of which are canonic), and a free-style finale.

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