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Cantilene

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (06/12/17)
Composer: La Tombelle, Ferdinand de
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Notre Dame de Metz Mutin/Cavaillé-Coll
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Romantic
Description:
Antoine Louis Joseph Gueyrand Fernand Fouant de La Tombelle (Paris, 3 August 1854 - Dordogne, 13 August 1928) was a French organist and composer.

His first compositions won him twice the gold medal of the Grand Prix Pleyel. As an organist, he joined forces with Guilmant for the recitals of the Trocadéro in 1878. Although he was never "appointed," he was the assistant and the replacement of Théodore Dubois at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Madeleine church in Paris. In the same way, he often collaborated with Guilmant in recitals on his organ in the Church of the Holy Trinity. He was frequently jn demand as a performer, and gave organ recitals throughout France.

For a full and interesting (I THINK it is, IF you read French!), you can have a look here: http://www.musimem.com/tombelle.htm

The "Cantilene" and "Vox Angelorum" were published the "Librairie de St. Joseph" in 1917.

I admit that I was looking for something "quick and easy," but the "Cantilene" is actually a piece that lasts almost 10 minutes! It has a hypnotic effect, and appears to be an unusual mix of tonality and modality, which appears certain sections.

It is dedicated to "Monsieur Richard," who was organist at the Cathedral in Blaye.

As I played through and prepared this for upload, I began to like it more and more. I know that there are many people here that have a great interest in French romantic literature, so, I'm hopeful that these may be of interest.

I recall reading that La Tombelle is NOT to be overlooked or taken to lightly. He has a big output of works, ranging from small "harmonium-like" to full-fledged virtuoso pieces, including a "homage to Widor" Toccata!

The score is attached below, as well as photos of Ferdinand de la Tombelle, as well as photos of the cathedrals where the dedicatees of the individual pieces served as organist.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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