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(1844-1937).  French composer and music critic.  He came from a family of organ builders.  Widor studied with prominent teachers in Brussels, and then was appointed organist at St-Francois in Lyons, and in 1871 at the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, where he presided as chief organist for over 60 years.  He was also active as a music critic.

In 1890 he became Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatory, and soon succeeded Franck as Professor of Composition.  Widor and his pupil Albert Schweitzer collaborated on editing a highly regarded collection of organ works of J.S. Bach.  Widor was well known for his performances of the music of Bach, and for his improvisations.

Widor had a long career.  At age 90, during his final year as chief organist at Saint-Sulpice, he premiered his "Piece mystique".  He is best remembered for his 10 Organ 'Symphonies'.
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steven - 21 Feb 2010
steven - 21 Feb 2010
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