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Our Beautiful Country of France: Nationalism, Ultramontanism, and Widor's Symphonie Romane

  • Saint John Cantius Church 825 North Carpenter Street Chicago, IL, 60642 United States (map)

During Eastertide, Dr. Thomas Fielding of Kalamazoo, Michigan, will present a festive and seasonally appropriate program with works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Cesar Franck, and Thomas Fielding including Charles-Marie Widor's 'Symphonie Romane' played on the church's recently installed 4-manual, 56-stop 'Tina Mae' Casavant Pipe Organ. An exclusive Pre-Program Reception and Lecture for AGO Members will explore Widor's use of the Gradual chant, 'Haec Dies' in the Symphonie Romane. The reception and lecture will begin in the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the multimedia presentation, AGO Members and their guests will adjourn to church for Dr. Fielding's 75-minute recital which is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert portion of the evening is free and open to the public.

“Our Beautiful Country of France: Nationalism, Ultramontanism, and Widor’s Symphonie Romane."

6:00 p.m. AGO Members Pre-Program Reception & Lecture at Saint John Cantius Parish Hall.

AGO Members and their Guests are invited to an exclusive Pre-Program Reception & Multimedia Lecture with Dr. Thomas Fielding beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Saint John Cantius. Dr. Fielding will explore Charles-Marie Widor's use of the Easter Gradual chant, "Haec Dies" in his Symphonie Romane. At the time of the work’s composition, 1900, the work on chant reform by the Solesmes monks was in full swing and the adoption of the Solesmes chant for the next authoritative Vatican edition seemed inevitable. Yet Widor chose to use a distinctively Gallic form of this melody found in the Paroissien Romain noté en plain-chant of 1874 for his work. Dr. Fielding's presentation will examine the influences of the French print industry, pride in the national Church and Widor’s identity in the lineage of musicians of Saint-Sulpice on his very deliberate musical choice.

7:30 p.m., Organ Recital: Dr. Thomas Fielding at Saint John Cantius Church


Christus Vincit: Toccata for Organ (2010) - Thomas Fielding (b. 1975)
Allein Gott in Der Höh’ Sei Ehr’, BWV662 (“Leipzig” Chorales) - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Praeludium et Fuga in C, BWV547
Fantaisie in A Major (Trois Pièces,1878) - César Auguste Franck (1822-1890)
Symphonie Romane pour Orgue [No. 10], Op. 73 (1900) - Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
          I. Moderato
          II. Choral
          III. Cantilène
          IV. Final
                    This is the day that the Lord has made;
                    let us rejoice and be glad in it.
                    (trans. ICEL)