With Marchal’s guidance, Langlais graduated in 1927 to the Paris Conservatoire where, under the tutelage of Marcel Dupré, he won a first prize in organ-playing in 1930. His composition teacher was Paul Dukas (composer of the popular L’Apprenti sorcier) and he made there the acquaintance of a promising fellow student, the young Olivier Messiaen. At the Conservatoire also he came under the powerful influence of Charles Tournemire, organist of Ste Clotilde and sometime pupil of d’Indy, who dazzled him with his legendary gift for extemporization, and whose compositions impressed him deeply—especially the vast L’Orgue mystique, with its imaginative use of Gregorian chant. Having won a number of prizes for composition, interpretation and improvisation, Langlais took up an appointment at his old school, the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles, conducting the choir and teaching organ and composition. He became organist first of St Pierre de Montrouge and later, in 1945, of Ste Clotilde where his predecessors, apart from Tournemire, included no less a dignitary than César Franck.
In addition to his work in Paris, Langlais taught and played often in the United States, and many of his works were written for American performers and audiences. A man of profound religious conviction, his music was almost exclusively sacred, inspired by his love of the Catholic liturgy and of Gregorian chant.
from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1988
|Langlais: Missa Salve regina & Messe solennelle|
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|Organ Dreams, Vol. 1|
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|Organ Fireworks, Vol. 11|
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|Organ Fireworks, Vol. 2|
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|Organ Fireworks, Vol. 9|
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|The Feast of Michaelmas at Westminster Abbey|
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|American Folk-Hymn Settings, Op 231 (Langlais)|
|Ave Maria, Ave maris stella|
|Battle Hymn of the Republic|
|Hommage à Frescobaldi, Op 70 (Langlais)|
|Hymne d'actions de grâces 'Te Deum'|
|Incantation pour un jour saint (Langlais)|
|Messe solennelle (Langlais)|
|Missa Salve regina (Langlais)|
|Mors et resurrectio|
|Triptyque grégorien (Langlais)|
|Trois paraphrases grégoriennes, Op 5 (Langlais)|
|Trois poèmes évangéliques, Op 2 (Langlais)|