It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this
Also listening to:

Charles-marie Widor

February 21, 1844 - March 12, 1937
born in Lyons, France, composed during the Romantic period
With an active performing career spanning eight decades, and an impressive class of students that included Darius Milhaud, Albert Schweitzer, and Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer Charles-Marie Widor maintained a lifelong position as one of the country's most prominent and influential musicians. Born in 1844, Widor was given his first lessons by his father, a well-known organ-builder and amateur performer. By age 11, Widor's skill had manifest itself so strongly that he was able to successfully compete for the job of organist at the lycée in his hometown of Lyons. A few years later the young musician traveled to Brussels, where he came under the tutelage of organist J.N. Lemmens, a well-known teacher at the Brussels Conservatory, whose own teacher could boast of having studied with a student of J.S. Bach. Therefore, the venerable German tradition of Bach interpretation formed the backbone of Widor's work with Lemmens. By 1870 Widor had earned a one-year position as replacement organist at St. Sulpice Cathedral in Paris; the appointment was such a success that Widor held on to the position until just four years before his death 67 years later.

During the 1870s Widor's career as a composer for media other than the organ began to take shape. Between the time of appointment at St. Sulpice in 1870 and the turn of the century, he produced three full symphonies, two ballets, a number of chamber works, and some sacred vocal music. Widor joined the organ faculty of the Paris Conservatoire in 1890 (replacing César Franck), and by 1896 had also been appointed professor of composition. During the early years of the twentieth century, Widor divided his time between his work at St. Sulpice, his duties with the Conservatoire, and activities on the administrative staff of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Widor's strength and dexterity on the organ remained basically unimpaired until his retirement from St. Sulpice in 1933, at which time his student Marcel Dupré took over. Widor died four years later at the age of 93.

Widor was, by all accounts, one of the most formidable organists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His dedication to the music of Bach in particular, earned him the respect of several generations of musicians worldwide. Widor's student Albert Schweitzer, who helped Widor edit Bach's complete organ works, did much to publicize Widor's ideals. Widor was considered by many to be the greatest improviser after César Franck, and Gabriel Faure, another gifted improviser and friend of Widor's, is known to have challenged Widor to improvisational "duels" on a number of occasions. Not surprisingly, Widor's compositions for organ have outlasted his other works. The ten Symphonies for organ are particularly powerful, especially the Symphonie Gothique (1895) and the Symphonie Romaine (1900), in which the composer's knowledge of plainchant, and his penchant for delicate contrapuntal textures come to the fore in a most rewarding way. ~ Blair Johnston, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

Comments

My favorite French composer!
rpardy2
Widor's is spine tingling music!!
One of the best composers ever!

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[127, 126, 106, 73, 114, 85, 89, 88, 80, 105, 110, 70, 121, 94, 77, 105, 120, 98, 80, 112, 124, 66, 84, 103, 112, 89, 125, 82, 85, 97, 74, 108, 124, 77, 98, 66, 90, 104, 111, 114, 101, 81, 125, 87, 99, 125, 81, 112, 95, 98, 76, 105, 108, 117, 75, 82, 116, 67, 64, 111, 121, 121, 99, 116, 87, 88, 123, 106, 66, 75, 85, 113, 123, 93, 100, 88, 83, 100, 92, 117, 83, 80, 123, 74, 95, 111, 68, 101, 98, 68, 120, 74, 106, 107, 117, 86, 65, 112, 106, 125, 100, 96, 118, 70, 81, 84, 95, 68, 115, 68, 104, 73, 101, 110, 101, 97, 81, 94, 114, 83, 119, 101, 89, 116, 77, 121, 122, 83, 107, 75, 90, 124, 94, 83, 71, 125, 99, 91, 107, 75, 106, 81, 116, 80, 117, 97, 73, 74, 122, 76, 96, 91, 121, 100, 108, 82, 70, 71, 109, 65, 112, 91, 109, 127, 94, 85, 110, 119, 79, 72, 73, 94, 86, 119, 123, 87, 73, 81, 78, 99, 86, 73, 87, 89, 88, 81, 115, 105, 110, 70, 108, 108, 121, 73, 68, 77, 68, 70, 127, 96, 96, 77, 99, 65, 92, 78, 100, 64, 94, 117, 79, 73, 122, 105, 97, 107, 65, 81, 68, 124, 98, 118, 105, 72, 111, 82, 115, 73, 126, 126, 120, 72, 78, 93, 77, 124, 98, 100, 95, 73, 104, 87, 85, 70, 110, 86, 89, 68, 115, 107, 71, 90, 81, 72, 81, 96, 98, 65, 109, 97, 81, 71, 75, 122, 91, 107, 98, 85, 91, 79, 121, 100, 74, 69, 102, 64, 73, 123, 103, 81, 78, 70, 108, 73, 111, 96, 123, 86, 71, 87, 97, 82, 109, 107, 111, 115, 110, 103, 124, 107, 68, 86, 91, 112, 119, 119, 82, 96, 93, 69, 67, 74, 97, 104, 127, 94, 99, 115, 86, 102, 96, 68, 86, 112, 98, 127, 65, 94, 64, 80, 82, 86, 110, 91, 127, 70, 89, 106, 75, 65, 100, 119, 96, 90, 100, 100, 127, 107, 82, 65, 91, 120, 65, 88, 112, 70, 94, 127, 98, 102, 83, 68, 102, 112, 115, 101, 79, 93, 82, 103, 121, 72, 121, 89, 97, 115, 72, 83, 73, 99, 109, 119, 119, 111, 69, 125, 117, 114, 85, 97, 106, 86, 119, 104, 96, 89, 71, 99, 70, 72, 74, 126, 94, 78, 81, 123, 124, 112, 100, 119, 76, 83, 98, 99, 71, 78, 82, 109, 127, 94, 109, 65, 91, 78, 80, 75, 117, 101, 103, 86, 104, 79, 91, 122, 119, 113, 68, 77, 91, 111, 119, 99, 74, 75, 65, 79, 67, 90, 87, 116, 104, 121, 81, 64, 106, 124, 120, 100, 125, 82, 102, 111, 70, 88, 65, 126, 104, 117, 87, 78, 117, 114, 80, 87, 104, 92, 75, 113, 119, 72, 87, 103, 107, 67, 80, 124, 125, 119, 88, 74, 83, 90, 99, 80, 96, 117, 109, 90, 103, 80, 79, 84, 97, 118, 73, 93, 81, 80, 121, 74, 119, 119]