An organ symphony is a piece for solo pipe organ in various movements. It is a symphonic genre, not so much in musical form (in which it is more similar to the organ sonata or suite), but in imitating orchestral tone color, texture, and symphonic process.
Though the very first organ symphony was written by German composer Wilhelm Valentin Volckmar in 1867, the genre is mainly associated with French romanticism. César Franck wrote what is considered to be the first French organ symphony in his Grand pièce symphonique, and the composers Charles-Marie Widor, who wrote ten organ symphonies, and his pupil Louis Vierne, who wrote six, continued to cultivate the genre. Modern composers such as Jean Guillou have written organ symphonies as well. The genre is considered to have been brought to fruition in the second organ symphony of André Fleury.
... While a student, he performed the complete organ symphonies of Charles-Marie Widor, Louis Vierne and Marcel Dupré (none of which he has yet recorded), and the complete organ music of Olivier Messiaen ... says, "When I was 21, I developed a technique that allowed me to learn a French organ symphony every month" and "always started at the end and then ... standard hasn't been all that impressive" St Albans International Organ Festival 1983 (neither 2nd nor 3rd prize was awarded that year) Odense International Organ Competition 1990 Paisley ...
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... or only the latter, it was in 1924 that he wrote his First Organ Symphony, which he regarded as his first mature work and which is the first piece of his where baroque organisational principles play an important ... In spite of having composed his First Organ Symphony in 1924, the first piece that contains the architectural blueprint of his symphonic style is his 4th Piano Sonata (1928–29). 2–3, as well as the closing movement of his 1st Organ Symphony ...
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