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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000562.txt from 1999/01

From: Neil Leupold <nleupold@-----.edu>
Subj: RE: [kl] Albert S.& Programs
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 20:00:44 -0500

On Tue, 12 Jan 1999, Kevin Fay (LCA) wrote:

> The Albert Schweitzer thing is a little different. As a lover of cats, I
> don't care what we call him. Wasn't he a reasonable proficient musician,
> though? I believe he played organ--although this is hard to imagine, with
> him in the jungle all those years. Perhaps he had a portable model.

Oh, he was more than just "reasonably proficient." Schweitzer began
studying music as a young child and ultimately studied with none other
than Charles-Marie Widor. Who is Widor? He was the organist at St.
Sulpice in Paris for over 60 years and Professor of Organ and Prof.
of Composition at the Paris Conservatoire. You may have heard of
a couple of his other students...Honegger and Milhaud. Widor was
literally the inventor of the organ symphony as a genre of compo-
sition. Schweitzer picked up a passion for Bach while under Widor's
tutelage and wrote a massive study of Bach's organ works (originally
in French, then later a version twice as comprehensive in German).
This aspect of Schweitzer's life is often obscured amidst his philan-
thropic medical legacy.

Neil

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