Famous French Organists

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Camille Saint-Saëns
(One of the Greatest Organists and Composers of the Romantic Era)

Camille Saint-Saëns
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Birthdate: October 9, 1835
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 16, 1921
French composer and multi-instrumentalist Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was an icon of the Romantic era, known for masterpieces such as the First Cello Concerto and the opera Samson and Delilah. He was initially a church organist and then became a freelance composer and pianist. He also taught music in Paris.

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Albert Schweitzer
(Physician and Founder of the “Albert Schweitzer Hospital” in Lambaréné,)

Albert Schweitzer
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Birthdate: January 14, 1875
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France
Died: September 4, 1965

Albert Schweitzer was an Alsatian polymath who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 for his philosophical work, Reverence for Life. He is credited with founding the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, which was a direct result of his philosophical expression. Schweitzer is also credited with influencing the Organ reform movement, which began in the mid-20th-century.

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Gabriel Fauré
(One of the Major French Composers Associated With the End of Romanticism.)

Gabriel Fauré
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Birthdate: October 22, 1845
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pamiers, France
Died: June 4, 1924

One of the greatest composers of all time, French pianist and organist Gabriel Fauré is best remembered for his masterpieces such as Requiem. His music career began at 9, when he was sent to Paris to become a choirmaster. At 75, he was awarded the Grand-Croix of the Légion d'honneur.

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Olivier Messiaen
(One of the Major Composers, Organists and Ornithologists of the 20th Century Who Developed 'Modes of Limited Transposition')

Olivier Messiaen
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Birthdate: December 10, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Avignon, France
Died: April 27, 1992

French composer and organist Olivier Messiaen is credited with creating melodically innovative scores, using what he called "modes of limited transposition." An ornithologist, too, he added bird songs into his compositions such as La fauvette des jardins and Catalogue d'oiseaux. His Messiaen: Concert A Quatre won a Grammy.

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Maurice Duruflé
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Birthdate: January 11, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louviers, Eure, France
Died: June 16, 1986

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Louis Vierne
(Composer, Organist)

Louis Vierne
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Birthdate: October 8, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Poitiers, France
Died: June 2, 1937

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Charles-Marie Widor
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Birthdate: February 21, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: March 12, 1937
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 8 
Marcel Dupré
(Musician)

Marcel Dupré
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Birthdate: May 3, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: May 30, 1971

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André Messager
(Composer)

André Messager
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Birthdate: December 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montluçon, France
Died: February 24, 1929

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Théodore Dubois
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Birthdate: August 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rosnay, France
Died: June 11, 1924

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Louis-Claude Daquin
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Birthdate: July 4, 1694
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 15, 1772

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Michel Richard Delalande
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Birthdate: December 15, 1657
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 18, 1726

Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer
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Birthdate: May 12, 1703
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: January 11, 1755

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
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Birthdate: December 19, 1676
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 28, 1749

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Charles Tournemire
(Former composer being a set of pieces called L'Orgue mystique)

Charles Tournemire
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Birthdate: January 22, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 4, 1939

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Nicolas de Grigny
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Birthdate: September 8, 1672
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reims, France
Died: November 30, 1703

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Raoul Pugno
(Composer)

Raoul Pugno
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Birthdate: June 23, 1852
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montrouge, France
Died: January 3, 1914

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Jean Titelouze
(Composer)

Jean Titelouze
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Birthdate: 1562 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Omer, France
Died: October 24, 1633

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Arnoul Gréban
(Organist)

Arnoul Gréban
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Birthdate: 1420 AD
Birthplace: Le Mans, France
Died: 1485 AD