by Rollin Smith
Louis Vierne (1870-1937), a student of Franck and Widor, was organist of Notre-Dame in Paris for 37 years, until his death at the console during a recital. He was Widorís successor as the organís great symphonist. Vierneís autobiography, Mes Souvenirs, is here translated to English, profusely illustrated and extensively annotated. This first major study of Vierne includes chapters on his American tour, recordings, reminiscences of his contemporaries, the organ symphonies, textual corrections of scores, and a thematic catalog of the organ works. 804 pages, 175+ illustrations, softbound.