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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.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Fanfare Ii - A Whirlwind Tour Of 30 More World Famous Organs
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 5001 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthias Weckmann,  William Henry Harris,  Gustav Adolf Merkel,  Marcel Dupré  ... 
    Performer:  Konstantin Reymaier,  David Briggs,  Adrian Partington,  Jane Watts  ... 
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Melody And Medley - Bach, Haydn, Et Al / Hyde, Wright, Et Al
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 746 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Percy Whitlock,  Théodore Dubois,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Wright,  James Lancelot,  Dan Hyde
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    The Organ Of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle / Roger Judd
    Label: Herald Records   Catalog: 204 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Vierne,  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely,  Herbert Brewer,  William Henry Harris  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Judd
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  • 67.
    Boellmann: Organ Works / Willibald Guggenmos
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 11751 Release Date: 08/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann
    Performer:  Willibald Guggenmos
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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    Orb & Sceptre / David Goode
    Label: Herald Records   Catalog: 219 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  Sir Edward Elgar,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  David Goode
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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Ocean Grove - French Spectaculars / Gordon Turk
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90267 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Henri Mulet,  Léon Boëllmann  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Turk
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  • 74.
    Label: Skarbo   Catalog: 1987 Release Date: 12/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Ferey
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  • 75.
    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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