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 is a strange, almost haunting piece. It keeps shifting from two groups of three notes to three groups of two notes. The key is F minor and although it ends on an F minor chord, the solo plays the 3rd note of the chord (A flat), meaning that it never fully seems to resolve, leaving a sense of longing I feel.
The solo is played by the Oboe Amore on the Swell, with quiet fonds for the left hand.