Today’s selection comes from David Irvine’s favorite experience with Consort, “the Vierne Messe Solennelle with BOTH organs at First Pres San Anselmo!”
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Nearly blind from birth, Louis Vierne composed Messe Solennelle in 1900, inspired in part by the magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, where he had recently been appointed titular organist. Written for choir and two organs, it was dedicated to Théodore Dubois, a French composer and organist. We are blessed to have a venue at the First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo, where two pipe organs are present, to perform this work as it was originally intended.
Louise Vierne, Messe Solenelle