In honor of Franck’s 200th year, Carl Klein, Boston Organ Librarian, scanned this “Verset in Fm” of Franck’s and put it on the Library website for all. It’s out of copyright, so this offering is legal.
This was part of a group of pieces for church organists initially issued in several volumes under the title of L’Organiste, and “pour Orgue et Harmonium.” But it is not in the 59 pieces of that collection, although in identical typeface and lettering. Belwin-Mills reprinted L’Organiste in facsimile in 1975, with an interesting introduction by Carleton Russell. Barbara Owen has recommended use of some the pieces from this volume as preludes or offertories over the years. The low pitched bass lines of these collections could easily be played on pedals if one wished.
What is interesting is that these relatively short and uncomplicated pieces, intended for Franck’s colleagues and students who were church organists, were his last works, published serially in August and September of 1880. It may simply have been written for a later volume that was not completed. Apparently more were composed, but not published until after his death in November of that year. Well, Bach’s last works were chorale preludes, thus also intended for use by his fellow church organists.
~ Carl Klein and Barbara Owen, Boston Organ Library
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