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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1859 Cavaille-Coll organ at the Basilique Sainte-Clotilde, Paris, France][decorative stamp]
1859 Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Basilique Sainte-Clotilde, Paris, France

[1997 Birouste organ at the Church of Saint Vincent, Roquevaire, France][decorative stamp]
1997 Birouste organ at the Church of Saint Vincent, Roquevaire, France

[1977 Casavant Freres organ at Saint Peter's Cathedral, Erie, Pennsylvania][decorative stamp]
1977 Casavant Frères organ at Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Erie, Pennsylvania

[1998 Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington][decorative stamp]
1998 Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

[1738 Muller organ at Sint Bavokerk [Saint Bavo Church], Haarlem, The Netherlands][decorative stamp]
1738 Müller organ at Sint Bavokerk [Saint Bavo Church], Haarlem, The Netherlands

[1888 Cavaille-Coll organ at Saint Sernin, Toulouse, France][decorative stamp]
1888 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint Sernin, Toulouse, France

[1979 Danion-Gonzalez organ at Beauvais Cathedral, France][decorative stamp]
1979 Danion-Gonzalez organ at Beauvais Cathedral, France

In Memoriam Jean Langlais

…a second tribute to the famous blind French organist, master improviser and prolific composer, featuring performances and comments by his students, friends and wife.

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1124 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1124 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

  • Week of June 13, 2011

Interview Audio:

Michael Barone discusses the life and music of Jean Langlais with the composer’s second wife and widow, Marie-Louis Langlais

Observations from American organist Ann Labounsky, a former Langlais student who also has written his biography and recorded his complete organ works:

Observations from another American organist Susan Ferré, a former student who assisted him during his 1967 tour of the United States:

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Hour 1

JEAN LANGLAIS: Chant de joie, from Nine Pieces, Opus 40 [1942] –Suzanne Chaisemartin (1868 Barker; 1899 Cavaillé-Coll; 1961 Beuchet-Debierre; 1987 Dargassies/Église St. Augustin, Paris, France) Edition Lade CD-014

JEAN LANGLAIS: Theme Libre [1929] –Ann Labounsky (1874; 1978 Beuchet-Debierre/Ancienne Cathédrale Saint-Samson, Dol-de-Bretagne, France) MHS CD-5263245

JEAN LANGLAIS: Eglogue, from Premiere symphonie [1942] –Pierre Cogen (1859 Cavaillé-Coll/Basilique Sainte-Clotilde, Paris, France) Cybelia CD-867

JEAN LANGLAIS: Diptyque for Piano and Organ, Opus 179 [1974] –Alain Raës, piano; Marie-Louise Langlais (1997 Birouste/Église Saint-Vincent, Roquevaire, France) Solstice CD-180

JEAN LANGLAIS: Prélude grégorien, Opus 205 [1979]; Mon ame cherche un fin paisible, from Neuf Pieces, Opus 40 [1945]; Les Rameaux, from Poemes evangeliques, Opus 7 [1932] –George C. Baker (1888 Cavaillé-Coll/Basilique Saint-Sernin, Toulouse, France) Solstice CD-240

JEAN LANGLAIS: Poem of Peace [1966] –Susan Ferré (1998 Fritts/Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA) Gothic G49211

Filler –JEAN LANGLAIS Theme Libre (see above)

Hour 2

JEAN LANGLAIS: Pasticcio, from Organ Book [1957] –Jean Langlais (1738 Müller/Sint-Bavokerk [St. Bavo Church], Haarlem, The Netherlands) InterSound 2001

JEAN LANGLAIS: Triptyque, Opus 39 [1957] –Jennifer Bate (1979 Danion-Gonzalez/Cathédrale, Beauvais, France) Unicorn-Kanchana 9077

JEAN LANGLAIS: Angélus, Jésus nous dit de prier, and Pensez a l’éternité, from Huit Chants de Bretagne, Opus 161 [1975] –Ann Labounsky (1977 Casavant Frères/Cathedral of St. Peter, Erie, PA) MHS CD-424127

JEAN LANGLAIS: Arabesque sur les flutes, from Suite Francaise [1947]; Salve Regina, from Mosaiques [1976] –Michelle Leclerc (1979 Danion-Gonzalez/Cathédrale, Beauvais, France) Organ CD ORG7225

Filler –JEAN LANGLAIS Triptyque (see above)