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Widor: Symphonie VIII

Charles-Marie Widor
Symphonie VIII in B Major
Edited by John R. Near
N018
Widor: Symphonie VIII
Full Score (1994)
978-0-89579-292-1
9x12, xviii + 94 pp.

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Charles-Marie Widor continued to develop the genre of the organ symphony in his second set of four works, published as Symphonies pour orgue, opus 42 (1878–87). The introduction to this edition of Widor's Symphonie VIII includes a list of the sources, a statement of editorial policies, and information about Widor's registrations. Symphonie VIII in B Major, in six movements, is a monumental work with a performance time of about an hour. In this symphony, which at the time of composition Widor considered to be his last, he pushed organ technique to the limit and exhausted the tonal possibilities of the instrument. Also included in this edition are four appendices containing selected principal variants, with the original Prélude movement that was removed from the symphony for unknown reasons.
[I] Allegro risoluto
II. Moderato cantabile
III. Allegro
IV. Variations: Andante
V. Adagio
VI. Finale: Tempo giusto
 
Appendix 1: [I] Editions B and B, Mm. 34–40, 52–56, 68–85, 135–38, 146–52, 168–85, 215–20
Appendix 2: III. Version B/B, Mm. 229–49
Appendix 3: IV. Prélude, Version B/B
Appendix 4: VII. Finale, Edition B, Mm. 261–69
Sven Hiemke, Die Musikforschung, February 1995
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