Symphonie pour orgue et orchestre, op. 42(bis)
The Symphonie pour orgue et orchestre, opus 42[bis] has had spectacular moments in its history. In1880, the future king of England, Edward VII, requested that Widor compose a grand work for organand orchestra to be performed in London?s Royal Albert Hall. The American premiere in 1919, withthe Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski and the great Wanamaker organ,attracted an audience of about 12,000 people. Using movements from his second and sixth symphonies for solo organ as the basis for this work,Widor created a masterpiece that launched a renaissance in the organ/orchestra combination. Thispremiere edition is based on Widor?s autograph manuscript as well as copies that he had made andwhich carry emendations and corrections in his own hand. The introduction includes details about theorigin of the Symphonie, manuscript sources, revisions, early performances, and performanceguidelines. Published in full score with separate organ part (and orchestral parts available byrequest), the edition reintroduces this legendary tour de force to the repertory for organ and orchestra.
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