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.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 4078 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Léon Boëllmann,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Eugene Gigout
    Performer:  Frederic Ledroit,  Jean-Pierre Ferey
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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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:  Giulio Caccini,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Isabel Delemarre,  Christian Faddegon
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  • 29.
    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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    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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  • 31.
    ¡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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    Music For A Wedding
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8033 Release Date: 03/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Werner Simons,  Franz Lehrndorfer
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  • 42.
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97013 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
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  • 43.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 1049 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Cras,  Charles Koechlin,  Léon Boëllmann,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Ferey
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  • 44.
    Art And Music - Cezanne - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558179 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Georges Bizet,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Henri Duparc  ... 
    Performer:  Georges Rabol,  Roger Vignoles,  Paul Groves,  Béla Bánfalvi  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Anthony Bramall,  John Georgiadis,  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Diego Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  RTE Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 45.
    Marches For The Organ - Lasceaux, Et Al / Roland Muhr
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 1327 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Lasceux,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Muhr
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  • 46.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Vierne,  Léon Boëllmann,  Olivier Messiaen,  Jean Langlais
    Performer:  Gérard Loisemant
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  • 47.
    Label: Calliope   Catalog: 9854 Release Date: 08/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré,  Léon Boëllmann,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Annie d'Arco,  André Navarra
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  • 48.
    Wesel: Glockenspiel And Organ Music / Siegel
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 6031 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Léon Boëllmann,  Max Reger,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Alfons Siegel
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  • 49.
    Bear Essentials - Wedding Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2411 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  John Stanley,  George Frideric Handel,  Charles-Marie Widor  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Jackson,  Richard Marlow,  Ian Tracey,  Gillian Weir  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Robert Gibson,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir,  Collegium Musicum 90,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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    Masterworks For Organ And Orchestra - Guilmant, Et Al / Hauk
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7215 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Joseph Fétis,  Léon Boëllmann,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant
    Performer:  Franz Hauk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ingolstadt Philharmonic
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Léon Boëllmann


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Maestoso - Allegro con fuoco
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto
I. Introduction - Choral: Maestoso -
II. Menuet gothique: Allegro -
III. Priere a Notre-Dame: Tres lent
IV. Toccata: Allegro
WORKS
I. Maestoso - Allegro con fuoco
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto
I. Introduction - Choral: Maestoso -
II. Menuet gothique: Allegro -
III. Priere a Notre-Dame: Tres lent
IV. Toccata: Allegro