Léon Boëllmann

Biography

Born: September 25, 1862; Ensisheim, Alsace   Died: October 11, 1897; Paris, France  
Had he lived a longer life, Léon Boëllmann would likely be recognized today as one of the great Romantic French organist-composers, in a line that included Gigout, Franck, Widor, and Vierne. As it is, he is remembered mainly for his highly characterful Suite Gothique for organ, particularly the suite's brilliant but only moderately difficult Toccata.

In 1871, shortly after the conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War, the very young
Read more Boëllmann left the contested region of Alsace for Paris, where he studied at the Ecole Niedermeyer with Gustave Lefèvre and Eugène Gigout. He quickly became Gigout's protégé, and took many school prizes. Soon after he graduated in 1881 he began working at the church of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, where before long he was named principal organist. In 1885 he married Gigout's niece and went to live with his former teacher, also becoming an instructor of organ and improvisation at Gigout's own recently founded school.

Boëllmann soon became highly regarded in Paris as a teacher, organist, improviser, and critic. He also composed some 68 chamber, orchestral, and other works in addition to a collection of 100 contrapuntal organ pieces published under the title Heures mystiques. For a while, his Symphonic Variations for cello and orchestra enjoyed international success, but today Boëllmann is known exclusively for his often modal organ music, especially the Suite Gothique. Read less
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  • 26.
    The Organ Of Saint Sulpice Paris / Joseph Nolan
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 167 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Franz Liszt,  Sir George Thalben-Ball,  Léon Boëllmann
    Performer:  Joseph Nolan
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  • 27.
    Best Wedding 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64262 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Christopher van Kampen,  Susan Tomes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Reginald Kilbey,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Vienna String Sextet Members,  Ensemble Berlin  ... 
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  • 28.
    Organ Classics From York Minster  / Francis Jackson
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4067 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Norman Cocker,  Henry Purcell,  Francis Jackson,  Kenneth Leighton  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Jackson
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  • 29.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 4078 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Léon Boëllmann,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Eugene Gigout
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Ferey,  Frederic Ledroit
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  • 30.
    Organ Music From St. Jude's Church / Ian Tracey
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Michael Festing,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Tracey
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  • 31.
    Westpoint Organ Recital / Daniel Chorzempa
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416159 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Eugene Gigout,  Louis Vierne  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Chorzempa
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  • 32.
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 6012 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Bonnet,  Luigi Cherubini,  Max Reger,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Ampt
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  • 33.
    Ave Maria - Caccini, Tosti, Saint Saëns, Gounod, Etc / Delemarre, Faddegon
    Label: D.e. Versluis   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Henri Potiron,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jean Schrijvers  ... 
    Performer:  Isabel Delemarre,  Christian Faddegon
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  • 34.
    Poeme Heroique - Pieces For Organ & Brass Quintet
    Label: Talent Records   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Dupré,  Léon Boëllmann,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Vermeire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ottone Brass Quintet
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  • 35.
    Ajoutez La Trompette! - Organ & Brass Quintet
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92556 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Léon Boëllmann,  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely,  Louis Vierne
    Performer:  Elmar Lehnen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Brass
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  • 36.
    ¡bravo Grande! - Boëllmann, Et Al / David Heller
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7218 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Louis Vierne,  C. S. Lang,  Léon Boëllmann  ... 
    Performer:  David Heller
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  • 37.
    Minster Spectacular! - Widor, Et Al / Scott Whiteley
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 5003 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Norman Cocker,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  John Scott Whiteley
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  • 38.
    Naji Hakim Plays The Organ Of Glenalmond College
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 130 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Langlais,  Nicholas de Grigny,  Naji Hakim,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Naji Hakim
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  • 39.
    Organ Bon Bons - Organ Works By Bach, Dvorak, Elgar, Widoe & Handel
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 220539 Release Date: 04/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oskar Lindberg,  Charles-Marie Widor,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrik Spang-Hanssen
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  • 40.
    This Time It's Personal - Brewer, Bach, Et Al / Ketterer
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1225 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  John W. Bratton,  Charles-Marie Widor,  William Albright  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Ketterer
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  • 41.
    Schulze Organ At Armley - Franck Et Al / Davis, Mahon
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Léon Boëllmann,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  Lennox Berkeley
    Performer:  Lynne Davis,  Arnold Mahon
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  • 42.
    Moods For Cello And Piano / Harro Ruijsenaars, Erik Risberg
    Label: Intim Musik   Catalog: 26 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Popper,  Tor Aulin,  Selim Palmgren,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Harro Ruijsenaars,  Erik Risberg
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  • 43.
    Romantic Face - Mendelssohn, Franck, Et Al / Michel Chapuis
    Label: Plenum Vox   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Carl Czerny,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Moritz Brosig  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Chapuis
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  • 44.
    The Michael Woodward Series No 5 / Christopher Dearnley
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 6003 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann,  Antonio Soler,  William Lloyd Webber,  Herbert Howells  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Dearnley
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  • 45.
    The Bass Of Both Worlds / David J. Grossman
    Label: Music Du Jour   Catalog: 5637266236 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Henri Casadesus,  George Frideric Handel,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  David J. Grossman
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  • 46.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95803 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
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  • 47.
    Eugene Gigout: Complete Organ Works Vol 5 / Gerard Brooks
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 765 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugene Gigout,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Charles de Balorre,  Léon Boëllmann  ... 
    Performer:  Gerard Brooks
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  • 48.
    Felix Hell Plays The Reiger-kloss Organ
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1162 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Reger,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Léon Boëllmann  ... 
    Performer:  Felix Hell
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  • 49.
    Organ In St. Jacob's Church / Bondemann, Waldenby
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 2098 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles-Marie Widor,  César Franck,  Michael Waldenby  ... 
    Performer:  Anders Bondeman,  Michael Waldenby,  Marcel Dupré
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  • 50.
    Parisian Splendour - Widor, Bonnet, Etc / David Patrick
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 213 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Tournemire,  Théodore Dubois,  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely,  Louis Vierne  ... 
    Performer:  David Patrick
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