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Charles-Marie Widor

1844 - 1937

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Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor (21 February 1844 – 12 March 1937) was a French organist, composer and teacher of the late Romantic era. As a composer he is known for his ten organ symphonies, especially the toccata of his fifth organ symphony, which is frequently played as recessional music at weddings and other celebrations.As of 2022, he is the longest-serving organist of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, a role he held for 63 years (January 1870 – 31 December 1933). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles-Marie Widor has received more than 273,462 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Charles-Marie Widor is the 217th most popular composer (up from 252nd in 2019), the 1,004th most popular biography from France (up from 1,122nd in 2019) and the 35th most popular French Composer.

Charles-Marie Widor is most famous for his Symphonic Poem, "Organ Symphony."

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Among composers, Charles-Marie Widor ranks 217 out of 1,216Before him are Benedetto Marcello, Johann Adolph Hasse, Ernest Chausson, Josef Suk, James Horner, and Niccolò Piccinni. After him are François-Joseph Gossec, Ambroise Thomas, Jacob Obrecht, Sofia Gubaidulina, Pietro Locatelli, and Alfred Schnittke.

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Among people born in 1844, Charles-Marie Widor ranks 25Before him are Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Menelik II, Muhammad Ahmad, Friedrich Miescher, Abdur Rahman Khan, and Ismail Qemali. After him are Charles-Émile Reynaud, `Abdu'l-Bahá, Karl Lueger, Julius Wellhausen, Sophia Tolstaya, and Saitō Hajime. Among people deceased in 1937, Charles-Marie Widor ranks 29Before him are Gaston Doumergue, Ramsay MacDonald, Jean Harlow, Karol Szymanowski, Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, and Frank B. Kellogg. After him are Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse, Emilio Mola, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Gustaf Dalén, Albert Roussel, and Wallace Carothers.

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In France

Among people born in France, Charles-Marie Widor ranks 1,004 out of 6,011Before him are Jean-Baptiste Bessières (1768), Jean Rochefort (1930), Claude Cahun (1894), Robert I, Count of Artois (1216), René Girard (1923), and Antoine Galland (1646). After him are Lucien Laurent (1907), Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656), René II, Duke of Lorraine (1451), Claude of France (1547), Jacques Hadamard (1865), and Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Charles-Marie Widor ranks 35Before him are Édouard Lalo (1823), Marin Marais (1656), Pauline Viardot (1821), Philippe de Vitry (1291), Francis Lai (1932), and Ernest Chausson (1855). After him are Ambroise Thomas (1811), Lili Boulanger (1893), Pierre Schaeffer (1910), Emmanuel Chabrier (1841), Fromental Halévy (1799), and Albert Roussel (1869).