Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (12 March 1837 - 29 March 1911) was a French organist and composer.
Alexandre Guilmant was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer. A student of his father, then of Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens, he became an organist and teacher in his place of birth. In 1871 he was appointed as organist of la Trinité church in Paris, a position that he held for 25 years. From then on he followed a career as a virtuoso; he gave concerts in Europe as well as in the United States. He died in Meudon in 1911.
Guilmant was an accomplished composer, particularly for his own instrument, the organ. His organ repertoire includes; 'Pièces dans différents styles', published in 18 books; 'L'organiste pratique', published in 10 books; Eighteen 'Pièces Nouvelles'; 'L'Organiste liturgique', published in 12 books. Guilmant's Eight Sonatas were conceived with the Cavaille-Coll organ of La Trinité in mind, and are therefore symphonic in style and form, taking their place alongside the symphonic organ works of Cesar Franck and the Organ Symphonies of Charles-Marie Widor. Text source : Wikipedia (Hide extended text) ... (Read all)