Dom Paul Benoit, O.S.B. (1893-1979), was an organist, composer, and Roman Catholic priest, who lived as a member of the Benedictine community at the Abbey of St. Maurice et St. Maur, at Clervaux, in Luxembourg. Dom Paul Benoit's compositions never leave the realm of tonality, albeit often modal. His works frequently draw from the melodies of Gregorian chant, making them easily palatable by all ears. Dom Paul acknowledged the influence of the French impressionist works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel upon his organ compositions.
Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. It is a day that is by tradition dedicated to Christ, the Good Shepherd.
"The Good Shepherd (Le Bon Pasteur)" was published by J. Fischer & Bro. in 1963. It is both pastorale and gently rhapsodic, using the Gregorian chant melody as the basis for a flowing and rhapsodic song.
Likewise, the harmonies are also modal in nature, although there are some colorful touches that serve to add interest and intensity.
The Metz organ does an ideal of bringing the notes to life.
Several photos of Dom Paul Benoit are attached below.