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Marriage and Musicianship

Donald Macleod focuses on Franck's attempts to marry the woman of his dreams, despite his father's opposition and the outbreak of a riot in Paris.

Donald Macleod continues his look at the life and career of Belgian composer, César Franck. After years under the heel of his domineering father, by his mid-twenties Franck is prompted to stand up to the bullying Nicholas-Joseph, all in the name of love. He was determined to marry one of his pupils, to whom he dedicated a song. Franck even moved out of his family home to join his future in-laws. When finally, in 1848, he was able to marry the woman of his dreams, he was faced with a riot - not between his parents and in-laws, but between pro and anti-government forces! Marriage broadened his outlook and introduced him to the pleasures of literature, which in turn would inspire some of his composition, such as the orchestral meditation, Ce qu'on Entend sur la Montagne. Meanwhile, we find Franck eking out a living by teaching, and by playing the organ. The revival of French organ making by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll would transform Franck's view of the instrument, and inspire him to compose some of his finest music for the instrument.

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Music Played

  • César Franck

    Fantaisie in C major M.28, Op.16 for organ [no.1 of "6 pieces pour orgue"]

    Performer: Marie‐Claire Alain.
    • ERATO : 0630-12706-2.
    • ERATO.
    • 1.
  • César Franck

    Justus ut palma florebit for Baritone, chorus and organ

    Performer: Diego Innocenzi. Singer: Jacques Bona. Choir: Jeune Choeur du Centre de la Voix Rhone Alpes. Conductor: Bernard Tétu. Ensemble: Solistes de Lyon - Bernard Tetu.
    • Aeolus: AE-10033.
    • Aeolus.
    • 9.
  • César Franck

    Souvenance M.70 for voice and piano

    Singer: Gabriella Letay-Kiss. Performer: Tibor Bogányi.
    • Hungaroton: HCD32425.
    • Hungaroton.
    • 1.
  • César Franck

    Aimer M.76 for voice and piano

    Singer: Gabriella Letay-Kiss. Performer: Tibor Bogányi.
    • Hungaroton: HCD32425.
    • Hungaroton.
    • 1.
  • César Franck

    Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne - symphonic poem for orchestra

    Orchestra: Liege Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • FUGA LIBERA : FUG-596.
    • Fuga Libera.
    • 1.

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