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Villanelle, Op. 64

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (08/05/17)
Composer: Salomé, Théodore
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Romantic
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 Trinité in Paris for many years.

A "vilanella" is defined: a form of light Italian secular vocal music which originated in Italy just before the middle of the 16th century. It influenced the later canzonetta, and the madrigal. The subject matter is generally rustic.

I've had this piece printed and "on the organ" for sometime. I think I may have looked at it once, but didn't want to spend the time on it. A few days ago, I decided that I was going to do it, and I decided to do it at Salisbury, since I could make it "sound French," but also "elaborate it" with some English Cathedral sounds.

The work was published in 1896 and is a true delight. While I certainly did not follow the registration scheme to the letter, I think I did do so in spirit. Use of the "solo stops" worked very nicely here, and even though I know that the French wouldn't have done it, I ended with my "signature..." ;-)

I dedicate this performance with friendhsip and respect to Pietro, my very valued friend and colleague. I could not ask for a more faithful listener and commenter, and I am very grateful for your support and presence in the Concert Hall! THANK YOU! :-)

The score is attached below, as well as photos of Salomé and of La Trinité in Paris.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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