When the “Palais du Trocadéro” was built in 1878 on the occasion of the World Exhibition in Paris, the first large concert organ in France was given pride of place in the “Salle des Fêtes”. Franck wrote his “Trois pièces“ (one of which is the famous “Pièce héroïque”) for this instrument with its 66 stops. The autograph score contains detailed instructions for the use of the stops. When the work was published five years later, Franck was already organist at the Ste. Clotilde Church and so the indications in the first edition referred to much smaller organs. Our edition makes the most of the opportunity to give both the musical text for the first edition as well as the original registration for the Trocadéro organ. Thus, Franck’s ideas for the way this magnificent work was to sound is illuminated in two different ways.
- Trois Pièces pour le Grand Orgue
César Franck (1822–1890) assumed the post of organist at the newly erected basilica of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris in 1858; the following year, a three-manual organ by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll was installed in the church. In the first edition of the Trois Pièces pour le Grand Orgue, published by Durand, Schoenewerk & Cie in Paris in 1883, Franck provided registrations that … more
About the composer
Famous organist and composer who exerted a lasting influence on French music of the fin-de-siècle both through his works and especially as a teacher.
|1822||Born in Liège on December 10.|
|1831||Instruction in piano, organ, and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Liège.|
|1835||First stay in Paris, lessons with Reicha, among others.|
|1837–42||Studies at the Conservatoire de Paris.|
|1839–42||“3 Trios concertants,” Op. 1, in the first of which he employs the cyclic technique typical both of his later works and of French symphonic music of the 1880s.|
|1843||Concert tour through Belgium and Germany.|
|1845||Premiere of his oratorio “Ruth.”|
|1847||He becomes organist at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette|
|1852–70||He teaches at various institutions.|
|from 1857||Organist at Sainte-Clotilde, location of one of the famous Cavaillé Coll organs. Composition of sacred works; 1856–65, “6 Pièces” for organ.|
|1861||Member of the Société académique de musique sacrée (Academic Sacred Music Society).|
|1869–79||Composes oratorio “Les Béatitudes.”|
|1871||Founding member of the Société nationale de musique.|
|1872||Teaches an organ class at the Conservatoire. Among his most famous pupils are Duparc, Chausson, and d’Indy, whose Course in Musical Composition (1906) is based on Franck’s compositional and formal principles.|
|1881–88||Genesis of the symphonic poems “Le Chasseur maudit” (“The Accursed Huntsman”), “Les Djinns,” “Psyché.”|
|1878||Premiere of his “3 Pièces pour le Grand Orgue” in the monumental style.|
|1886||Violin Sonata in A major; president of the Société nationale de musique.|
|1886–88||Symphony in D minor, one of the most formative works of French symphonic music of the age.|
|1890||Death in Paris on November 8.|
|1894||Posthumous premiere in Monte Carlo of his opera “Hulda.”|
De partituur leest vlot en bevat in hoofdzaak de originele Franse toevoegingen, waardoor het notenbeeld gelukkig gevrijwaard is van overtollige vertalingen.
Insgesamt eine sehr empfehlenswerte Edition.
Der Notentext ist einwandfrei, das Stichbild – wie immer bei Henle – perfekt.