Eugene Gigout

Biography

Born: March 23, 1844; Nancy, France   Died: December 9, 1925; Paris, France  
In his lifetime, Eugène Gigout was a better known organist than composer. Indeed, and not least because he held the prestigious organist post at Saint-Austin Church in Paris from 1863 until his death in 1925, a span of 62 years! Gigout wrote a large body of music for solo organ, and his reputation as a composer largely rests on it. But his output also included piano and harmonium works, as well as a sizable number of sacred choral pieces and some Read more orchestral works. Gigout was known not only for his virtuoso organ playing, but for his imaginative improvisations. As a composer his style embraced several elements, from the lean manner of Bach to the late-Romantic movement, with Saint-Saëns perhaps not an identifiable influence, but a spiritual relative. There are moments, too, in his music that hearken back to the Classical period. Gigout was also one of the most influential teachers of his day, founding an organ school and counting among his students such luminaries as Fauré, Roussel, Boëllmann, and Messager.

Gigout was born in Nancy, France, on March 23, 1844. In his youth he began his music training at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation de Nancy. From 1857 he studied under Saint-Saëns and Clément Loret at the Ecole Niedermeyer.

After graduation he joined the faculty at Ecole Niedermeyer and held the post concurrently when he began serving as organist at Saint-Austin in 1863. By the mid-1880s, Gigout was regularly producing organ and vocal works of merit, with the 6 Pieces for organ (1881), the Ave Verum (ca. 1884), and other works fattening his already sizable output.

In 1885 Gigout founded his organ (and improvisation) school. This would be a fertile period for the composer, with the 10 Pieces for organ coming in 1890, a set containing some of his most popular pieces, including the imaginative Toccata in B minor. When the great composer/organist Felix Alexandre Guilmant died in 1911, Gigout was appointed to succeed him at the Paris Conservatory as professor of organ and composition. It was a coveted post, to be sure, and speaks volumes to the reputation then held by Gigout. In his later years Gigout remained active as a composer right up to his final days. Among his late compositions of significance are the collection of organ works, 10 Pieces (1923), and his piano work Aux Escaldes (1925). Gigout died in Paris on December 9, 1925. Read less
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    The Britannic Organ, Vol. 7 - Weite's Swiss Organists
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 846 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Adolf Lorenz,  Alphonse-Jean-E. Mailly,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Hindermann,  Franz Joseph Breitenbach,  Karl Matthaei,  Johann Jakob Nater
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    Virtuoso French Organ Music
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1147 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugene Gigout,  Jean Langlais,  Louis Vierne,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Bate
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    Widor: Organ Symphonies & French Encores / David Sanger
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1282 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Joseph Jongen,  Henri Mulet,  Eugene Gigout  ... 
    Performer:  David Sanger
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    Historical Organs Of Southeastern Massachusetts
    Label: Organ Historical   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  H. Alexander Matthews,  Edward MacDowell,  Traditional,  M. Searle Wright  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Jones,  Peter Krasinski,  Cheryl Drewes,  Thomas W. D. Guthrie  ... 
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    Die Sauer-orgel Der Thomaskirche Zu Leipzig, 1889 - 1908
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6017 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugene Gigout,  Franz Liszt,  César Franck,  Marcel Dupré  ... 
    Performer:  Ullrich Böhme
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    Winfried Bonig An Den Orgeln Im Hohen Dom Zu Koln
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 12191 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugene Gigout,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  Franz Schmidt,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Winfried Bonig
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    Organo Plano
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 944 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Conrad Susa,  Jean-Adam Guilain,  Nicolaus Bruhns,  Eugene Gigout  ... 
    Performer:  Scott Montgomery
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  • 8.
    100 Best Organ Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332452 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Kynaston,  Nicholas Kynaston,  Noel Rawsthorne,  Lionel Rogg  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Georges Prêtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Menuhin Festival Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservato  ... 
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    50 Best Organ Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 333162 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg,  Noel Rawsthorne,  Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier,  Maurice Duruflé  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Steuart Bedford,  Michel Plasson
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    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7254 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Sowerby,  Marcel Dupré,  Percy Whitlock,  Eugene Gigout  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Plutz
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    The Britannic Organ, Vol. 4: Eugene Gigout, Joseph Bonnet
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 843 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Eugene Gigout,  César Franck,  Alexandre Pierre Boëly,  Charles-Alexis Chauvet  ... 
    Performer:  Eugene Gigout,  Joseph Bonnet
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    Glory To The New-born King
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1076 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Warlock,  John Joubert,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Jean Langlais  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Chewter,  Laurence Lyndon-Jones,  Philip Rushforth,  Christopher Sennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Rushforth
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    Organs Of Edinburgh
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34100 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Percy Whitlock,  Alfred Hollins,  Jean Langlais,  Louis Vierne  ... 
    Performer:  John Kitchen,  Thomas Laing-Reilly,  Andrew Caskie,  Duncan Ferguson  ... 
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    Label: Denver Brass   Catalog: 5637954960 Release Date: 05/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Wolfe,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Galema
    Conductor:  Kenneth Singleton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Denver Brass,  Lamont Brass Ensemble (Brass Ensemble)
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    Grand Choeur: French Organ Music From Paisley Abbey
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 371 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Jean Langlais,  Louis Vierne,  Marcel Dupré  ... 
    Performer:  George McPhee
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    Jack Mitchener Plays Christmas Organ Music
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 936 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Marcel Dupré,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Mitchener
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    Great Cathedral Organs [13-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0852952 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Henry Purcell,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
    Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne,  Francis Jackson,  Douglas Guest,  Simon Preston  ... 
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    A Festival Of French Organ Music  / Ben Van Oosten
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3161705 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  Gabriel Pierné,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Eugene Gigout  ... 
    Performer:  Ben van Oosten
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    Essential Organ
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94913 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Johann Pachelbel,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Colin Tinley,  Valda Aveling,  Noel Rawsthorne  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Georges Armand,  Michel Plasson
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    Ultimate Wedding Collection [emi Classics]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27203 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Susan Tomes,  Frederic Bayco  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Kilbey,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Kenneth Montgomery  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Taverner Players
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  • 21.
    Best Wedding 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48501 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Richard Wagner,  Giovanni Battist Martini,  Norwegian Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André,  Frederic Bayco,  Wayne Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Kenneth Montgomery,  David Munrow  ... 
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    Label: The Priory   Catalog: 1039 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  John Stanley,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Morgan
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    Essential Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27937 Release Date: 08/24/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Tasmin Little,  Piers Lane,  Frederic Bayco  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Kilbey,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Kenneth Montgomery  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Camerata Lysy,  Liverpool Cathedral & Brass Ensemble  ... 
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    Fanfares To Fancies / Martin Schellenberg
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4006 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Craig Sellar Lang,  Alfred Hollins,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sir George Thalben-Ball  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Schellenberg
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    Mormon Tabernacle Organ / John Longhurst
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412217 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles-Marie Widor,  George Frideric Handel,  Eugene Gigout,  Henry Heron  ... 
    Performer:  John Longhurst
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