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NEAR MINT CONDITION

CHARLES M. WIDOR - COMPOSER & ORGANIST

The French composer and organist writes to Gaston Choisnel a partner at the publisher Durand from the Mazarin Library in Paris, January 3, 1921.

 

Widor writes there is an error in the 2nd violin part of the concerto and he wishes to review the piano reduction. Durand published only one of the first editions of Widorís works for solo instrument and orchestra and he certainly was not loyal to any one publisher during his career.† That said, he was using Durand more in the latter part of his career.† We can confirm that Widor did not publish anything new in 1921.† His works for solo instrument and orchestra include; Piano Concerto #1 (1876),† Violin Concerto (1877), Cello Concerto (1882), Symphonie pour Orgue et Orchestre (1882), Fantasie pour piano et Orchestre (Durand, 1889), Symphonie #3 pour Orgue et Orchestre (1894), Choral et Variations pour Harpe et Orchestre (1900), Piano Concerto #2 (1906), Sinfonia Sacra pour Orgue et Orchestre (1908).

 

1921 was an important year for Widor as he helped found the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau and was made Director; he held the post until 1934.

 

Gaston Choisnel (1857-1921) graduated from the Paris Conservatoire and held the titular organist position at Eglise Saint Denys du Saint Sacrement in Paris from 1881 to 1914.† He was a cousin of the Durand family and when founder Auguste Durand passed away in 1909, he was brought in as a partner.† Widor writes to him in the year he passed away.

 

Most Widor letters that reach the market regard students, appointments and dinner engagements.† It is rare when he is actually writing about one of his works.