The French organist and composer Louis Vierne (1870-1937) studied privately with César Franck. He deputised for Charles Marie Widor at St. Sulpice (Paris) from 1892 onwards, before being appointed titulaire organist at Notre Dame (Paris) in 1900. Vierne held this position until his death. He became well-known outside of France due to numerous concert tours throughout Europe and the USA. Famous students included Nadia Boulanger and Maurice Duruﬂé.
Vierne’s organ works are undisputed masterpieces of organ music and form an integral part of the virtuoso organ repertoire. In particular, he raised the form of the organ symphony to new heights and inﬂuenced the development of organ technique worldwide. His collections for organ, “Pièces de Fantaisie” and “Pièces en style libre”, received much acclaim. Vierne’s musical language was inﬂuenced to a large extent by his teacher César Franck. Compositional elements of Claude Debussy can also be found. Vierne’s organ and piano works with their varying degree of difficulty appeal to both the professional musician as well as the advanced student.
The Complete Organ Works (in 10 volumes [14 editions in total]) and the Complete Piano Works (in 3 volumes) are edited by Helga Schauerte-Maubouet, making this extensive oeuvre available in Bärenreiter Urtext editions of the highest musicological standard. For the first time the piano works are available in a complete critical edition which includes previously unpublished works as well as works attributed to him.