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Vingt morceaux pour orgue, No. 1 Grand Choeur en Ut

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (04/16/15)
Composer: Chauvet, Charles-Alexis
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Caen - St. Etienne Cavaillé Coll
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
Charles-Alexis Chauvet, born 7 June 1837, Marines, on January 29, 1871 in Argentan, was a French composer and organist.

He first played the organ of the Church St-Rémi at the age of 11-year, and entered the Paris Conservatory at age 13 to study organ with François Benoist (1st prize for organ in 1860) and composition with Ambroise Thomas whom he became assistant in class composition. In 1860, he was appointed as the choir organist of the Church Saint-Thomas D'Aquin (Paris) organ, then became the principle organist in the following year. From there he played at the Church of Saint Bernard, where he inaugurated the organ in 1863, at Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle, and then to Saint-Merry in 1866. Finally, he was appointed organist at La Trinité in 1869, with a new Cavaillé-Coll organ, remaining there until his premature death at age 34 of phthisis.

Chauvet was known for his performances of J. S. Bach and for his improvisations, and was regularly invited to participate in the inauguration of organs of Paris, with Édouard Batiste, César Franck and Camille Saint-Saëns. He was a refined and gifted musician, and was considered as one of the most brilliant composers for the organ, along with his friend César Franck, who dedicated to him his "Fantasy in C major, op. 16" to him.

His largest group of organ works are the "Vingt morceaux pour orgue", which date from (1863), and from which all three of these pieces are taken.

The final piece is a wonderfully triumphant march, which is almost military it's heroic style, and of course played on the Grand Choeur in the traditional French manor. This is the first piece in the collection, and is dedicated: "À son maître M. F. Benoist."

I don't generally use "extended versions" of this or any organ, but I DID use the 32' Bombarde in this one... ;-)
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Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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