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A New Page In English About Alsace


Pierre Lauwers
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Our friend Yannick Merlin just commenced the english version of his website. These pages are dedicated to the actuality of the organ in Alsace such as restaurations, recitals, articles etc.

 

Hope this might be interesting,

Best wishes,

Pierre Lauwers.

 

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/als-orgue/site%20a...s/indexangl.htm

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Our friend Yannick Merlin just commenced the english version of his website. These pages are dedicated to the actuality of the organ in Alsace such as restaurations, recitals, articles etc.

 

Hope this might be interesting,

 

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I would also commend this splendid site, which has much to teach us about the development of the French organ.

 

However, I wonder if Pierre knows anything about Jean Widor, the grand-father of Charles Marie Widor, who was from the Alsace region and reputed to be an organ-builder. Widor's father composed a "Priere" which I have never heard. Apparently, the Widor family origins are Hungarian, and Liszt was known to play the organ where Widor's father was the organist.

 

I was trying to find out something about this, but unfortunately, the wonderful web-site about Alsace organs stops-short of a full Widor biography or the origins of the Widor dynasty.

 

Alsace was also the region which gave rise to the organ-builder who attacked the Cliquot organ of St.Sulpice, Paris, with a large axe whilst he was restoring it!!

 

Is there something in the water supply of the Alsace region?

 

MM

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Jean Widor worked with the Callinets.

He associated momentarily with Grégoire to build an organ in Metz, and returned to Callinet afterwards. His son François (father of Charles-Marie) was organist at St-François de Sales, Lyon, where a Callinet organ obtained. But himself and Charles-Marie succeeded in having this one moved, to get the Cavaillé-Coll instead...

They were of course of hungarian origin.

 

There is no need to have strange components in Alsace's tap water to explain for funny behaviours. Look towards these many bottles instead!

 

Best wishes,

Pierre Lauwers.

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