Saint-SaŽns and the Organ

Saint-SaŽns and the Organ
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Hailed by Franz Liszt as the worldís greatest organist, Camille Saint-SaŽns was revered by his contemporaries for his ingenious improvisations, his mastery of the art of registration, his virtuosity, and his eclectic organ compositions. Saint-SaŽnsís technique and style developed out of what remained of the French classic tradition that survived into the 19th century, bridged the entire career of Aristide Cavaillť-Coll, and continued will into the 20th century. Rollin Smith, author of The Organ Works of Cťsar Franck, provides an insightful biographical view of Saint-SaŽns as organist and composer, including detailed chapters on the construction and settings of instruments he played (the harmonium, the Aeolian organ, and the Cavaillť-Coll organs, among others). Within the eleven appendices are essays by and about Saint-SaŽns; recordings of his performances; specifications of selected organs that he played; and a thematic catalogue of his works for harmonium and organ.