At St. Olaf, we are blessed to have a magnificent 67-rank pipe organ.
This fall, it will be showcased in a series of recitals on Wednesday
afternoons, immediately following the noon Mass. Come hear the organ
thunder with might and whisper gently as talented organists showcase a
variety of repertoire.Wednesday Organ Recitals run from Sept 26 through Dec 5 (no recital Oct 31), and will be approx. 30-40 minutes long. Freewill donation.
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)Symphony no. 5 in f minor, Op. 42, No. 1
(1879) I. Allegro vivace II. Allegro cantabile III. Andantino quasi allegretto IV. Adagio V. ToccataCharles-Marie Widor was a French organist, composer,
and teacher. Coming of age when the famed organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll
was reaching his height, Widor was hired in 1870 as a temporary organist at the
church of St. Sulpice in Paris, where Cavaillé-Coll had recently finished
building his most ambitious instrument to date. Widor retained this “temporary”
post until he retired over sixty years later, becoming a permanent fixture of
the 19th-century French organ school. A prolific composer, Widor wrote a great
deal of music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano solo, sacred and secular
choral works, and a variety of stage music, including a ballet and four operas.
He is most well-known today for his ten organ symphonies, works which took full
advantage of the new possibilities offered by Cavaillé-Coll’s instruments. It
is unusual for a work for solo instrument to be called a “symphony”. Widor’s
choice of the word reflects the scope of possibilities offered by the revival of
organ building and organ music in 19th Century France. Inspired by the
100-stop, 5-manual behemoth at St. Sulpice, Widor once wrote, "If I
had not expe
is to serve as a living sign of Christ's saving presence in the heart of the city.
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