The Fantasy shows brilliant broken arpeggios, alternated with chords, while the Fugue states a subject that is reminiscent of the B.A.C.H. motive. In this masterful work, the organist of St Germain l'Auxerrois clearly shows his affinity with JS. Bach.
Dedicated to François Benoist, this work was composed by Franck in 1860. It was reportedly composed following the loss of his mother in July of the same year. The tone of C-minor leads the listener into an atmosphere of contemplation and mysticism, between two major episodes linked by a recitative.

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On the occasion of the solemnity of All Saints' Day and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Tournemire, the team of the Grand Organ of Sainte Clotilde is pleased to unveil its new video dedicated to the l’Offertoire de l’ Office de la Toussaint » opus 57 de Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) Novembre, 1, 2020
This Offertoire from Office 48 Festum Omnium Sanctorum is dedicated to Joseph Bonnet. Indeed, it was thanks to the encouragement of the organist of St Eustace that Tournemire began composing this gigantic corpus named "The Mystical Organ".
This masterful work has three motifs. The beginning of the work plunges the listener into questioning and imploration. This is followed by a development in which the different motifs intersect before ending with serenity on a celestial miner.
This piece, which is perhaps the most famous in the collection of "Three Pieces", perfectly highlights the romantic craftsmanship of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, author of the great organ of Ste Clotilde.

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11 • 12 • 2021, 5PM Jean Philippe Mesnier Our latest video Prélude, fugue et variation - César Franck
This work is part of the collection of "Three Pieces" and was completed in 1878. This set of works was designed for the new Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Trocadero Hall and was created by its author on the occasion of the organ's inauguration.

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The team of the great organ of Saint Clotilde is pleased to present its new video: Asturias by Isaac Albéniz (1860- 1909). June, 18, 2021
Asturias is the best known piece of this Spanish composer, composed for the piano in 1886 and transcribed for organ by Olivier Penin. More information…

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Olivier Penin and his team from the grand organ of Ste Clotilde are pleased to present their new videos recorded live during the early mass of June 12, 2021 at the grand organ of Basilica. July, 2/9 2021
Both improvisations highlights Olivier Penin's talents as an improviser. The Improvised Communion illustrates the depth of fund-playing, undulating and mutations. The Improvised Sortie illustrates the great Tutti.
Composed between 1860 and 1865 and dedicated to Camile Saint-Saëns, this piece, which is undoubtedly the best known to the general public, captures the imagination with its ambivalence. More information…

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The team of the Great Organ of Sainte Clotilde is happy to announce a new video of Olivier Penin, featuring the « Pièce héroique FWV 35 Op. 16 » de César Franck. January, 18, 2021

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« Cantabile FWV 36 Op. 16 » - César Franck. February, 19, 2021

A NEW VIDEO

The team of the great organ of Saint Clotilde is pleased to present its new video: Asturias by Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909). More information June, 18, 2021

NEW IMPROVISATIONS

Olivier Penin and his team from the grand organ of Ste Clotilde are pleased to present their new videos recorded live during the early mass of June 12, 2021 at the grand organ of Basilica. Both improvisations highlights Olivier Penin's talents as an improviser. The Improvised Communion illustrates the depth of fund-playing, undulating and mutations. The Improvised Sortie illustrates the great Tutti. July, 2/9 2021

A NEW VIDEO

The team of the Great Organ of Sainte Clotilde is happy to announce a new video of Olivier Penin, featuring ‘Prélude, fugue et variation’ of César Franck. Composed between 1860 and 1865 and dedicated to Camile Saint-Saëns, this piece, which is undoubtedly the best known to the general public, captures the imagination with its ambivalence. More information… 5 november 2021