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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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    In Dulci Jubilo - Christmas Music For Organ / Robert Grogan
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49069 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benoit, Paul, Dom,  Hendrik Andriessen,  Samuel Barber,  Albert de Klerk  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Grogan
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    Boëllmann: Piano Quartet, Piano Trio / Ilona Prunyi, Et Al
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223524 Release Date: 08/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann
    Performer:  Ilona Prunyi,  Béla Bánfalvi,  Károly Botvay,  Janos Fejervari
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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    Les Plus Belle Pages De L'orgue / Marie-claire Alain
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45976 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Léon Boëllmann,  Louis Vierne  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain
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  • 92.
    Organ Classics / Michael Austin
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6518 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Franz Liszt,  Henry Walford Davies  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Austin
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