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Pièce héroïque, M37
composer
1878; in B minor; No 3 of Trois pièces pour grand orgue, M35-37; composed for the opening of the Paris Trocadéro and first performed in its Salle des Fêtes by the composer on 1 October 1878

Recordings
'Franck: Symphonic organ works' (CDA68046)
Franck: Symphonic organ works
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 14' (CDA67758)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 14
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Details
Track 3 on CDA67758 [7'56]
Track 5 on CDA68046 [9'17]

Pièce héroïque, M37
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A native of Liège, Belgium, César Franck (1822–1890) settled in Paris and became Professor of Organ at the Conservatoire and organist of the basilica of Ste-Clotilde, where he played (and was greatly inspired by) an organ by Cavaillé-Coll. His Trois pièces pour grand orgue, which conclude with Pièce héroïque, were written for the opening of the Trocadéro, Paris, a Moorish palace built for the World Exhibition of 1878 on the site now occupied by the Palais de Chaillot. The dark-hued, finely wrought main theme of Pièce héroïque, heard beneath a restless chordal accompaniment, is followed by a confident, on-the-beat pendant. Introduced by timpani-like notes, the tranquil middle section has a delicately scored chorale-like theme in B major. The timpani become increasingly insistent, and the re-introduction of the main theme and a swaggering reprise of its pendant lead to a major-key coda in which the ‘chorale’ is heard on the scorching tones of the full organ.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2010

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Details for CDA67758 track 3
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-10-75803
Duration
7'56
Recording date
9 July 2009
Recording venue
Melbourne Town Hall, Australia
Recording producer
Mark Edwards & Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Mark Edwards & Bradley Reader
Hyperion usage
  1. Organ Fireworks, Vol. 14 (CDA67758)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: October 2010
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