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Aria from Symphonie Dominicale

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Uploaded by: Discipulus (09/20/19)
Composer: de Saint-Martin, Léonce
Sample Set: Composite of Our Lady of Paris
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
Recorded on the updated Our Lady of Paris Composite (V/107)

About the composer:

Titular organist of Notre Dame from 1937 to 1954.

Léonce de Saint-Martin, born on 31 October 1886 in Albi (France) and died on 10 June 1954 in Paris (France), was a French organist and composer.

As the successor of Louis Vierne in 1937, he was organist at Notre-Dame de Paris until his death in 1954.

Léonce was heavily attacked for his appointment to Notre Dame by the Cathedral chapter, since it was done without competition. Saint-Martin was also self-taught, and did not enter the conservatory, and thus was deemed to be an amateur organist. These accusations were easily seen to be false by eye-witnesses, such as Pierre Cochereau, who took Saint-Martin's place as titular organist after the latter's death. An example of his fine skill can be seen in his organ compositions, filled with emotional and spiritual writing. Saint-Martin was also a pious man, as he stated "but whatever the Good Lord wills is fine by me" concerning his death. His virtuosity can be seen by the fact that he played Marcel Dupré's op. 7 to the satisfaction of Dupré's wife, at a time when Widor stated that these pieces were unplayable.

His appointment as titular of Notre Dame was controversial as it was done without competition, but with good reason, as Saint Martin suited the liturgical life of the Cathedral perfectly with his style and music, and other organists of the time did not, such as Duruflé.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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