Music Monday Widor Toccata from Newark Cathedral

Charles-Marie Widor was a French composer, organist and teacher who lived from 1844-1937.  This is his most famous work, simply known as the Widor Toccata, though it actually is the final  piece in the 5th movement of his Symphony for Organ #5.

I remember the first time I heard it played and the wonder of it all. As you listen you will hear the technical difficulty and stamina of the organist playing this amazing six minute piece.  It is jubilant  and joyous and often played as a recessional piece after a wedding ceremony or  at the end of midnight mass on Christmas Eve.  I had it played as the recessional for  both my parent’s funerals as the last celebration gift of their lives.

Interested in comments and thoughts. . . . .


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I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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4 Responses to Music Monday Widor Toccata from Newark Cathedral

  1. Judy says:

    It is amazing that this beautiful basilica is in downtown Newark. It is an absolute work of art and houses this splendid organ!


  2. Dalo 2013 says:

    Beautiful…I had never heard this before ~ of course, I do not listen to organ music much but this was pretty special.


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