Sidney Torch

Sidney Torch (1908-1990) was an English conductor, composer, and cinema organist. He was born in London, England, and studied the piano at the Blackheath Conservatoire in south east London. When the cinema’s Christie Theatre Organ was installed in 1928, Torch became the Assistant Organist to the Chief Organist, Quentin Maclean. Torch took over as Chief […]

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Sergej Rachmaninov

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He was born in Semyonovo, Russia, and studied music at the Moscow Conservatory. He served as conductor of various orchestras in Russia and Europe, and as a concert pianist. Rachmaninoff composed many works for orchestra, choir, and other ensembles. Some of his most well-known compositions […]

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Paul Dukas

Paul Dukas (1865-1935) was a composer and conductor, born in Paris, France. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, with amongst others Dubois and Guiraud. Dukas wrote a number of works for orchestra, choir, and other ensembles, but many of these he destroyed, being a perfectionist and unhappy with them. His best-known work is the orchestral […]

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Max Reger

Max Reger (1873-1916) was a German composer, pianist, organist, conductor and academic teacher. He is best known for his compositions for piano, organ, and orchestra, which are notable for their technical complexity and virtuosity. Reger was born in Brand, Bavaria. He received his formal training at the Munich Conservatory, where he studied with Joseph Rheinberger […]

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Marcel Dupré

Marcel Dupré was born in 1886 in Rouen, France. He was grandson, son, nephew and father of musicians, and began studying music at a young age. His compositions renewed the language of the royal instrument while his interpretations reshaped the repertoire of organ music entirely. He attended the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Alexandre […]

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Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wely

Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély was a French organist and composer who was active in the 19th century. He is best known for his contributions to the organ repertoire and his popularization of the “grande pièce symphonique,” a type of virtuosic organ work that was popular in France during the 19th century. Lefébure-Wély was born in […]

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John Blow

John Blow (1649-1708) was an English composer and organist. He was born in Norfolk, England, and received his musical education at the Chapel Royal, where he studied with several prominent musicians of the time, including William Child and Christopher Gibbons. Blow is known for his contributions to the development of English opera, and is credited […]

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Johannes Gijsbertus Bastiaans

Johannes Gijsbertus Bastiaans (1873-1953) was a Dutch composer and organist. He was born in Amsterdam and received his musical education at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he studied composition with Bernard Zweers and organ with Hendrik Andriessen. Bastiaans is known for his organ music and choral works, as well as his symphonies and other orchestral pieces. […]

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Henri Mulet

Henri Mulet (1878-1967) grew up close to the Sacré-Coeur, the Paris basilica where his father was a choirmaster and his mother played the harmonium. At the Paris Conservatoire he studied both violoncello and organ. Widor was his organ professor, while Guilmant gave him lessons in improvisation. In 1920, Mulet published his Esquisses byzantines, ten sketches […]

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César Franck

César Franck (1822-1890). Even though he was born in Liège, and as such of Belgian origin, César-Auguste Franck may be counted among the great French composers. His works ‘pour grand orgue’ make him undoubtedly the most important French composer of organ music ever. César Franck’s parents, originating from a German-Austrian family, moved from Aachen to […]

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