Théodore-César Salomé (20 January 1834 – 26 July 1896) was born in Paris. He completed all of his musical studies at the Conservatoire de Paris, under the tutelage of François Bazin for harmony and accompaniment, and François Benoist for organ. He won several honorable awards, including: second prize in harmony (1855), second prize in organ and in harmony (1856), second and third prize in harmony and organ (1857), and second prize in harmony (1859). His cantata Atala was awarded the premier Second Grand Prix of the Prix de Rome in 1861. In the same year Théodore Dubois was awarded the first grand prize, and Eugène Anthiome and Titus Constantin won the deuxième Second Grand Prix.
He was highly regarded, and served as "Choir Organist" at La Trinite in Paris for many years.
Rather than try to squeeze in some interesting facts, I'll give the link, so you can read the whole story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Théodore_Salomé
Tonight is my last "official" Friday night service at the synagogue. I never play a postlude, I always just make something up, but I thought I'd find something that would make a grand finish, and I found this (and a few others) this morning, so, here is the result.
It surprises me to hear how "similar are the French and English" sounds, particularly in these marches, and ceremonial pieces. This piece could well have been written by someone like the popular English organist, William Faulkes.
I chose Metz as it still my favorite of the French sets. Notice how grand and full the sound is when you add the "Octave graves"! It really fills it out.
I'm not sure I'll even play this tonight, I hope you enjoy it either way.
The score is attached, as well as a photo of Salomé, and the MIDI is also included.