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Franck, Cesar Cesar Franck
Belgium Belgium
(1822 - 1890)
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Franck, Cesar: Vieux Noël from Noël for String Quartet

Vieux NoŽl from NoŽl for String Quartet
Cesar Franck

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Composer :Cesar FranckCesar Franck (1822 - 1890)
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String Quartet

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Cesar FranckMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1889
Copyright :Public Domain
In 1889 the publisher, Enoch, commissioned Franck to compose 100 pieces for harmonium -- a portable reed organ patented by Debain in the early 1840s and improved by the Alexandres, father and son, through the mid-century. The harmonium's popularity for home music created a demand, though thrifty French publishers, hedging their bets, often advertised their offerings as being "for organ or harmonium." Franck's collection, published posthumously, is presented in this way, though the pieces, with their open textures and absence of pedal parts, are plainly for harmonium. In any case, between August 16 and September 20, 1890, Franck completed 63 pieces, of which 59 were published in the autumn of 1891 with the misleading title L'Organiste. Thus, they are contemporary with the Trois Chorals for organ and, though necessarily on a smaller scale, partake of their unflagging invention.

As Franck left it, the collection is divided into eight suites of seven pieces each (with three numbers of an incomplete suite outstanding), following an invariable plan of three numbers in the major, three in the minor, and a rhapsodic concluding movement which weaves together the themes of the preceding. While most are introduced by tempo and metronome indications ("Poco allegretto. Quarter note = 63"), occasional headings -- "Offertoire," "PriŤre," "Communion," "Offertoire funŤbre," "Sortie" -- show that Franck intended these pieces primarily for liturgical use. But widely distributed selections from L'Organiste, offered as piano albums, demonstrate that they possess charm and interest quite independent of the nave. Indeed, Franck seems to have been thinking of the preludes of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier as he composed, for their melodic flair is complemented by a compositional resourcefulness which lends them substance far surpassing similar works by his friend Lefťbure-Wťly, or Chaminade.

The occasional use of folk song -- "Chant Bťarnais," "Chant de la Creuse," "NoŽl Angevin," and the like -- throws Franck's straightforward yet always vivacious craft into high relief. And through them all we catch an aural glimpse of Franck the improviser. "For Cťsar Franck had, or rather was, the genius of improvisation, and no other modern organist, not excepting the most renowned executants, would bear the most distant comparison with him in this respect," Vincent d'Indy recalled in 1906, adding: "sometimes the master would invite other people, friends, amateurs, or foreign musicians, to visit him in the organ-loft. Thus it happened that on April 3, 1866, Franz Liszt, who had been his sole listener, left the church of Sainte-Clotilde lost in amazement, and evoking the name of J.S. Bach in an inevitable comparison."

Source: AllMusic ( or-organ-or-harmonium-m-41-mc0002373358).

Although originally written for Keyboard, I created this arrangement of the Vieux NoŽl from NoŽl for String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).
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Sheet central :L'Organiste (18 sheet music)
Added by magataganm the 2017-12-18

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