WIDOR: Symphony for Organ & Orchestra, Op. 69
WIDOR: Sinfonia Sacra, Op. 81
These works are not arrangements of Widor's Symphonies for solo organs, but entirely separate works. The Symphony No. 3, Op. 69, in E minor for Organ and Orchestra was commissioned for the dedication in 1894 of the new Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland, and its Kuhn organ. The work, in two sections, uses the organ almost as a second orchestra charged with the development of a choral-like theme or Leitmotiv that links the two sections, the first Adagio/andante and the second Scherzo/allegro.
The Sinfonia Sacra, op. 81, was published in 1908 and was created in the same period during which the 60-something Widor composed the Gothique and Romane symphonies for solo organ. Albert Schweitzer, who influenced the work, wrote, "The Sinfonia Sacra is based on the Advent choral Nun komm der Heide Heiland, in words and melody derived from the hymn Veni Redemptor gentium.