Eugène Gigout

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Eugène Gigout
Recording with Eugène Gigout for the Welte-Philharmonic-Organ, 1912
Background information
Born23 March 1844
Died9 December 1925(1925-12-09) (aged 81)

Eugène Gigout (23 March 1844 – 9 December 1925) was a French organist and composer of European late-romantic music for organ.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Gigout was born in Nancy, and died in Paris.

A student of Camille Saint-Saëns, he served as the organist of Saint-Augustin Church in Paris for 62 years. He became known as a teacher. Also, his output as a composer was large and of high quality. Renowned as an expert improviser, he also founded his own music school. His nephew-by-marriage, Leon Boëllmann, became another fine organist and composer for the organ (but died at the very young age of 35).

Works[change | change source]

The 10 pièces pour orgue, composed in 1890, are Gigout's most famous compositions. They are the Toccata in B minor, his best-known composition, which turns up as a common encore at organ concerts. Also fairly often performed, and to be found in the same collection, is a Scherzo in E major.

Other compositions by Gigout sometimes played nowadays are Grand Choeur Dialogué and Marche Religieuse. Gigout's works are now available on many commercial recordings.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Gigout, Eugène". Grove Music Online. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.001.0001/omo-9781561592630-e-0000011122. Retrieved 2020-06-20.

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