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Vierne, Louis (1870-1937)

Louis Vierne

born: 8 October 1870
died: 2 June 1937
country: France

Louis Vierne (1870–1937) is best known as an organist and composer for his own instrument. Vierne was born blind; his sight was partially restored when he was six years old, although it remained very poor. He studied the organ with Franck and Widor at the Paris Conservatoire, and won his premier prix in organ in 1894. In 1900 Vierne was appointed as titular organist at Notre Dame Cathedral. He died of a heart attack while giving an organ recital at Notre Dame. Although Vierne wrote works in many different genres, his organ compositions, particularly the six organ symphonies, remain the best known.

from notes by Laura Hamer © 2016

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