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César Franck

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César Franck was born at Liège in 1822. He was originally intended by his father for a career as a virtuoso pianist. In Paris his nationality excluded him at first from the Conservatoire, where he eventually failed to achieve the necessary distinction as a performer, turning his attention rather to composition.

In 1846 he left home and went to earn his living as a teacher and organist, winning particular fame in the second capacity at the newly built church of Ste. Clotilde, with its Cavaillè-Coll organ.

He drew to him a loyal and devoted circle of pupils and in 1871 won some official recognition as the nominated successor of Benoist as organ professor at the Conservatoire. He died in 1890.

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Prelude, Fugue et Variation op. 18

Level of difficulty: mediumLevel of difficulty: mediumLevel of difficulty: medium

by César Franck
arranged for String Orchestra by Heiner Frost

very emotional piece; original an organ classic  (9 min)