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Description: Find out more about Widor's Organ Symphony No.5 in F minor. Watch and listen to different recordings and download your favourite.

The French composer Charles-Marie Widor wrote a total of ten organ symphonies – but sadly, it is only the Toccata from No.5 that retains any kind of popular appeal today.

It’s quite some popular appeal, though, being one of the most regularly requested wedding day pieces in the world. Many a bride and groom have left the church to the sound of ‘the Widor’, as it’s often called. It certainly provides something of a challenge for your average parish organist to pull off successfully!

The Toccata first became popular around 1880: the combination of rather frantic right-hand decorative lines with sturdy, anthemic melody notes from the pedals of the organ became a pretty instant hit. Although referred to as a ‘symphony’, this work does not fit that title in the traditional sense – and nor do Widor’s other organ symphonies, for that matter. Rather, we can only assume that the term is intended to convey the composer’s full use of the organ’s range and musical colour, in much the same way that other composers employ all elements of the orchestra’s possibilities when writing a standard symphony.

Widor himself was a master of the instrument: he succeeded his fellow French composer César Franck as Professor of Organ at the Paris conservatoire.

Photogallery V widor:

Widor - Toccata from Symphonie V - YouTube

Norwich Cathedral - Widor V Toccata palyed by Anna Jeter - YouTube

Widor, Orgelsymphonie Nr 5 (Stze I bis V) - Orgel: Lothar Lser ...

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Philip Brunelle (@philipbrunelle) | Twitter

Le Widor Bed & Breakfast (Ciudad de Quebec, Canad) - B&B ...

1931 Kinsley - 1886 Pilcher's Sons Organ

Widor Toccata at the National Shrine - YouTube

Le Widor Bed & Breakfast (Ciudad de Quebec, Canad) - B&B ...

Widor - Toccata z V symfonii (Katedra Olsztyn) - Arkadiusz ...

1931 Kinsley - 1886 Pilcher's Sons Organ

Toccata ( Widor) Katedra Olsztyn - Arkadiusz Poplawski - YouTube

C.M. Widor - 5th symphony "Toccata" - Diane Bish - Program #2904 ...

Ch.M. Widor : Allegro vivace, de la Vme Symphonie - Domenico ...

Ch. M. Widor: VI Symphony - Allegro - YouTube

Widor Suite Flute Atsuko Koga Piano Mayuko Miyata - YouTube

Charles-Marie Widor - Toccata - Diane Bish - Program #8404 - YouTube

NL -> Charles-Marie Widor - Organ Favourites (pg.1)

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Classic South Carolina Wedding by Olivia Griffin - Southern Weddings