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 and Flute Dolce in the other. For this I used the Recit Basson-Hautbois and then the Positif Salicional and Flute Douce. The Great requires 8' Fonds, and for this I used them all apart from the Montre.
This work has long held notes interspersed with the gregorian chant Pater noster played on the solo Basason-Hautbois.
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. So is the biography by his last wife, Marie-Loius Langlais, available online at https://www.agohq.org/jean-langlais-remembered/
Hope you enjoy!