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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Organ Music At The Stave Church Hahnenklee / Hofmann
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 1248 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Léon Boëllmann,  Louis Vierne,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Hofmann
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  • 54.
    Psallite - Organ Of The Moscow Conservatory / Alexei Parshin
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 6036 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Elena Butuzova,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Léon Boëllmann  ... 
    Performer:  Alexei Parshin
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  • 55.
    Orgel Und Glocken Von Münsterschwarzach / Dominikus Trautner
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 6021 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Marcel Dupré,  Max Reger
    Performer:  Dominikus Trautner
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  • 56.
    Boëllman: Chamber Works
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7135 Release Date: 08/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann
    Performer:  Jeremy Filsell,  Oliver Gledhill
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  • 57.
    Great Romantic Organ Works / Peter Hurford
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4667422 Release Date: 06/01/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck,  Louis Vierne  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hurford
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  • 58.
    Requiem - Classical Music For Reflection And Meditation
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556703 Release Date: 08/31/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Léon Boëllmann,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
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  • 59.
    Widor, Boëllmann, Reubke: Romantic Organ Works /Michael Pohl
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9399 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Julius Reubke,  Léon Boëllmann,  Charles-Marie Widor
    Performer:  Michael Pohl
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  • 60.
    Bombarde! - French Organ Classics / Ian Tracey
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9716 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Joseph Bonnet,  Gabriel Pierné  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Tracey
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  • 61.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 1987 Release Date: 12/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Ferey
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  • 62.
    Toccata - Organ Favourites / Carlo Curley
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458364 Release Date: 09/04/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Gustav Holst,  Léon Boëllmann,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Curley
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  • 63.
    O. Alain, A. Alain, Boëllmann: Organ Music / Babette Mondry
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 945 Release Date: 02/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann,  Albert Alain,  Olivier Alain
    Performer:  Babette Mondry
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  • 64.
    The Art of Virgil Fox Vol III
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66386 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Duruflé,  Léon Boëllmann,  Benjamin Godard,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Virgil Fox
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  • 65.
    Organ Festival - Pachelbel, Bach, Et Al / Arturo Sacchetti
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47209 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Louis Vierne,  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Marco Enrico Bossi  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti
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  • 66.
    In Memoriam - Music For Solemn Occasions
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553435 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Bertalan Hock,  Jozef Cejka,  Nora Mercz,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Adrian Leaper,  Richard Edlinger,  Okko Kamu  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
    As The Dew From Heaven Distilling - Parker & Thayer / Moyer
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 290 Release Date: 07/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joseph J. Daynes,  César Franck,  Charles Hubert Parry  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Moyer
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  • 68.
    For Weddings / Kevin Bowyer
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7712 Release Date: 04/02/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir William Walton,  John Stanley,  Charles-Marie Widor  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
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  • 69.
    Historic Organs Of Maine
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 92 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  John Stanley,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely  ... 
    Performer:  Dr. Frances Nobert,  Lorenz Maycher,  J. Bryan Dyker,  George Bozeman  ... 
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  • 70.
    Historic Organs Of Baltimore / Armstrong, Ballinger, Bowie
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 91 Release Date: 09/26/1995   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely,  Charles Zeuner,  Healey Willan  ... 
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  • 71.
    Hans Fagius Plays French Organ Music By Couperin, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Duruflé,  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Léon Boëllmann,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Fagius
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  • 72.
    Hans Fagius Plays Organ Favorites
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 365 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Oskar Lindberg,  Louis Vierne,  Henri Mulet  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Fagius
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  • 73.
    Mendelssohn: Organ Music + Favourites / Hans Fagius
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 156 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Oskar Lindberg,  Léon Boëllmann,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Fagius
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  • 74.
    French Organ Music / Simon Lindley
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550581 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Malengreau,  Carl Nielsen,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Joseph Bonnet  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Lindley
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  • 75.
    Wedding Music / Bertalan Hock
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550790 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Bertalan Hock,  György Geiger
    Conductor:  István Bogár
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strauss Ensemble
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