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    A. Cavaillé-Coll Organ, originally Paris, France, moved to Mainz, Germany (1877) - Samples by Prof. Helmut Maier
    Vierne, Louis: Préambule, Op. 31, No. 1Download
    Serenely restful composition in 12/8 showing the Fonds d'Orgue (8 foot stops). Uses the original set. Registration: Récit. Viole de Gambe 8 + Cor De Nuit 8'; G.O. Bourdon 16' + Montre 8' + Flûte Harmonique 8'; Pédale Soubasse 16' + Bourdon 8', Claviers accouplés, Tirasses [3:34] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Cortège, Op. 31, No. 2Download
    Somewhat grotesque notions seem to haunt this funeral procession for Foundation stops and reeds of all available pitches. Uses the extended set. [3:22] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Complainte, Op. 31, No. 3Download
    Flutes colored with the G. O. Nasard. Somewhat repetitive drone, as the title suggests. Uses the extended set. [3:27] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Epitaphe, Op. 31, No. 4Download
    This introspective portrait of grief draws from very deep wells. For flutes and strings, with the Voix Célestes coming in about a third of the way through. Uses the extended set. [5:51] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Prélude, Op. 31, No. 5Download
    Sweetly evokes a wistful accordion or distant carousel. Récit: Viol de Gambe 8' + Cor de Nuit 8' coupled to G.O. Flûte Harmonique (original suggestion Bourdon 8' + Salicional 8'); Pédale Soubasse 16' + Bourdon 8' coupled to both. Uses the original set. [3:33] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Canon, Op. 31, No. 6Download
    Slightly oriental flavor introduced because of the prominent augmented 2nd interval. Uses the extended set. [2:24] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Méditation, Op. 31, No. 7Download
    Somewhat mystical and chromatic, if one could improvise this way at will, one could win over most organist search committees. Follows Vierne's instructions literally: Récit. Gambe et Voix Célestes; G.O. Fonds de 8' (Montre 8' + Flûte Harmonique 8'); Pédale Fonds 16, 8 (Soubasse 16' + Bourdon 8') + couplers; near the end the Montre is withdrawn. Uses the original set. [4:31] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Idylle mélancolique, Op. 31, No. 8Download
    A reassuring rhythmic motiv alternates with slithery chromaticism--it sounds more meditative than melancholy to me. Registration: Récit. Viole de Gambe 8 + Cor de Nuit 8'; G.O. Flûte Harmonique; Pédale 16 Soubasse + Bourdon 8', alternating pedal couplers. Uses the original set. [3:31] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Madrigal, Op. 31, No. 9Download
    A charming little diversion. Registration: Récit. Cor de Nuit 8' + Flûte Octaviante 4'; G.O. Montre 8' + Flûte Harmonique 4; Pédale: Soubasse 16' + Basse 8'. In the last 4 measures the G.O. and Pédale were put in play, though this was not indicated in the score. Uses the original set. [2:14] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Rêverie, Op. 31, No. 10Download
    Though similar in registration and technique to other meditative pieces in this collection, it is as unique as any heartbreak that could have caused it. The solo passages on the Montre are particularly expressive, the relentless slowness evokes acceptance. Uses the extended set. [4:54] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Divertissement, Op. 31, No. 11Download
    And an insouciant little diversion it is. Uses the extended set. [2:20] Midi file available. HW1
    Vierne, Louis: Canzona, Op. 31, No. 12Download
    The last piece in Book One of Opus 31 is marked Andante cantabile, and despite instructions to use the Trompette and "G.O. Flûtes" the plaintive melody is played on the Récit. Hautbois 8' with deliciously doleful accompaniment on Pédale Soubasse 16' + Bourdon 8' + Violoncello 8' and G.O. Flûte Harmonique. Uses the extended set. [4:43] Midi file available. HW1