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Félix Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911), one of the most celebrated French organists of the nineteenth century, wrote a great deal of music for the organ of the highest distinction, much of which remains permanently in the modern organist's repertory.
He helped, with Charles Borde and Vincent d'Indy, to found the famous Schola Cantorum, and held a professorship there, as he did later also at the Paris Conservatoire. Among his many famous pupils are numbered Dupre and Bonnet. He toured extensively, not only in France, but in Europe, England and America.


Albert Taylor
Alexandre Guilmant
Charles Borde

The first movement of this symphony is full of exhilaration, and the first main tune is heard at the outset with real animation; the second theme, appearing after some development of the first, is no less buoyant.
For some reason which no one knows, the second movement is alwavs called ' The Pilgrims' March '. The first part of the movement is certainly serene and almost graceful as compared with the vivacity of the other three, and the introductory bars have been spoken of as ' a call to prayer '.
The customary Scherzo movement is here rather like a Minuet, while the last movement is in Tarantelle rhythm hurrying along at strenuous speed.


E. Godfrey Brown

2BE Belfast

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