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Élégie pour orgue

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (11/11/15)
Composer: Barié, Augustin
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Notre Dame de Metz Mutin/Cavaillé-Coll
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Late Romantic
Augustin Barié (15 November 1883 – 22 August 1915), was a French composer and organist.

He was born in Paris, and was blind from birth; however, he had large hands which spanned an eleventh, allowing him to play the difficult organ works of composers such as César Franck with relative ease. He studied at the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles under Adolphe Marty and Louis Vierne, then went on to study with Alexandre Guilmant at the Paris Conservatory. In 1906, he was awarded the Conservatory's premier prix. He then became organist at St Germain-des-Prés in Paris, as well as professor of organ at the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles. Barié was a celebrated improviser, one of a long line of French Romantic virtuoso organists, and he wrote mostly for organ, including a Symphony (Op. 5) and Trois Pieces (Op. 7). His career was cut short when he died of a brain hemorrhage in Antony, France at the age of 31, not long after getting married.

Élégie pour orgue was published in 1912 as part of the collection: "J. Joubert, in Les Maîtres Contemporains de l’orgue".

I was looking for an "elegy" to commemorate or Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day, but really have not found any to fill the bill. This one does not either, but I liked the piece...

It's an unusual "elegy", and I wonder if this to commemorate a child. I say that because of the "2nd theme" which is played upon the Recit 16'&4', and which sounds like "twinkle, twinkle little star", the "capricious" section near the middle, and the unusual ending, which returns to the Recit, and ends on the 4' flute alone.

The score is attached.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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