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Widor, Charles Marie

Charles Marie Widor (shärl märē´ vēdōr´), 1845–1937, French organist and composer. He was organist at St. Sulpice from 1869 until his retirement in 1934. In 1891 he succeeded César Franck as professor of organ at the Paris Conservatory and later also became professor of composition there. Chief among his compositions are 10 symphonies for organ. He composed operas, chamber music, orchestral suites, and piano concertos as well. In 1904 he wrote a supplement to Berlioz's treatise on orchestration. He also made, with Albert Schweitzer, an edition of the organ works of Bach.

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Widor, Charles-Marie (Jean Albert)

Widor, Charles-Marie (Jean Albert) (b Lyons, 1844; d Paris, 1937). Fr. organist and composer. Org., St Sulpice, Paris 1870–1933. Succeeded Franck as prof. of org., Paris Cons., 1890, prof. of comp. from 1896. Mus. critic of L'Estafette for many years. Famous as improviser. Ed. complete org. works of Bach (with Schweitzer). Wrote treatise on modern orchestration, 1904. Comp. 5 operas; ballet; 2 syms. with org.; sym.-poems; 2 pf. concs.; vc. conc.; 10 org. syms.; shorter org. pieces; choral works; and chamber music.

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