Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Widor

Charles-Marie Jean Albert Widor (February 21, 1844 – March 12, 1937) was a French organist, composer and teacher.

There are few French classical composers and fewer that I like, but Widor is a big exception. His Toccata from his 5th Organ Symphony is incredible. I have had the pleasure of hearing it in a big church with fantastic acoustics. Mind blowing. Watching this video strikes me that is sounds more complicated than it is. However, that doesn't take away even 1 second of pleasure. I never get tired of hearing it. Brilliant.


  1. One of my favorites too. I want it to be played at my funeral.

  2. I was thinking the same. Blow everybodies socks off.