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Uploaded by: gooseholla (06/23/16)
Composer: Langlais, Jean
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel E.M. Skinner
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Modern
Jean Langlais (1907 - 1991)

French organist from Brittany who became blind at the age of three. Studied at the Institute for the Blind in Paris and then with Dupre and Tournemire. Eventually became organist at St. Clotilde, where Tournemire and Franck had been organists.

Inspired by medieval works, gregorian chant and Breton folk songs.

This work calls for a Cornet or Hautbois in one hand and Bourdon in the other. Since Langlais became fond of Skinner organs during his tours of America, I thought an Orchestral Oboe would be particularly fitting. The Bourdon is replaced with Flauto Dolce and Rohrflote.

He is a very fascinating character. I've been reading Ann Labounsky's biography of him. Certainly worth reading if you want to know more of this fascinating character who was self-centered, enjoyed extra-marital affairs to get his musical inspiration (with permission from church and wife!) and who was very dedicated to promoting French music and culture throughout America, while teaching many organ students. He was also, despite all his flaws, a deeply spiritual man. Well worth a read.

This piece won't be to everyone's liking I'm sure but hope you enjoy.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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