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Charles-Marie Widor: Complete Organ Symphonies Series I (1-5): Organ

Instrumental Album | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Instrumentation Organ
Composer Charles-Marie Widor
Publisher Dover Publications
Widely regarded as the culmination of French romanticism on the organ, Widor's symphonies include some of the most frequently performed and recorded works in the modern organ repertoire. Most of these 'symphonies' - so called to emphasise the orchestral wealth of timbres offered by the new French organs - were written specifically to exploit the capacities of the modern Cavaille-Coll organ, especially the rich-toned five-keyboard instrument at St-Sulpice in Paris. Presented here in two inexpensive (this being the first), well-made volumes they offer a splendid resource for organists and all music lovers.
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Instrumental Album
Release Date 1984
Pages 192
ISBN 9780486266916
Edition Number DP14416
Catalog No. DOV266915
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  1. Adagio
  2. Allegro
  3. Allegro Cantabile
  4. Allegro Vivace
  5. Andante (Sonata G.1) [Torelli, Giuseppe]
  6. Andante Cantabile
  7. Andantino Quasi Allegretto
  8. Finale
  9. Fugue
  10. Intermezzo Op.1 No.2 [Borodin, Aljeksandr Porfirjevic]
  11. Marche Pontificale
  12. Marcia
  13. Meditation
  14. Minuetto
  15. Pastorale [Pace]
  16. Prelude
  17. Scherzo [Goldschmidt, Berthold]
  18. Symphony No. 1 In C Minor, Op. 13, No. 1:
  19. Symphony No. 2 In D Major Op. 13, No. 2:
  20. Symphony No. 3 In E Minor, Op. 13, No. 3:
  21. Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 13, No. 4:
  22. Symphony No. 5 In F Minor, Op. 42, No. 1:
  23. Toccata

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9 out of 10


First 5 symphonies complete in 1 edition - which I don't think you can get elsewhere (usually sold separately). I'm told it is an early version of many of the movements (Widor reworked many of them slightly). This is most noticeable on the final few bars of the toccata from No 5 - which is slightly different from what you expect. Otherwise it is a great resource and has encouraged me to learn bits from the lesser known symphonies. Good price compared to other editions.
The print is a little faint - but not a major issue. The main issue is the book isn't ringbound and doesn't lie that flat. Also editorially the page turns are at odd places for several movements (i.e. a 2 page movement will have a turn in the middle) and the toccata from V has a turn at the end of page 1 - making 5 turns necessary when other editions only have 4.
Confirmed purchase: 24 October 2016
Published on: 17 March 2017
5 out of 10


York GB
Good value and well printed.
This is not based on the composer's latest version of some of the works. There are some significant differences from the well-known version of movements in No.5 for example.
Confirmed purchase: 23 July 2015
Published on: 06 August 2015
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