View Full Version : film of Louis Vierne playing Bach at Notre-Dame
02-18-2008, 12:57 PM
An amazing short clip of Louis Vierne playing Bach's "In dir ist freude" at Notre-Dame around 1930:
02-18-2008, 03:54 PM
Watching that was a thrill of a lifetime.</P>
02-18-2008, 05:50 PM
Oh my god. I never thought I'd see the great man in action. That just took my breath away. Thanks for sharing! (Now I need to calm down over a pint or two...)
02-18-2008, 06:51 PM
Something I never thought I'd see, too bad the quality of the audio is so ill suited th Cavaille-Coll, Oh well, it was still awesome to see Vierne performing. Now the only thing that could be cooler than that would be to see old J.S.Bach himself performing, but alas, they didn't have film cameras in his time, let alone motion picture, oh well.
02-18-2008, 07:11 PM
One of the commenters on YouTube noticed thatthe audio and video were different compositions.</P>
Its logical to assume theymade a silent film of Vierne playing (rather than dragging up a lot of audio recording equipment into the tribune), and then subsequently added a recording of Vierne playing Bach.</P>
Thevideo scenes were notquite long enough for me to determine what he was playing.</P>
Such a shame that console was not restored.</P>
02-18-2008, 10:03 PM
Oh my gosh. I never thought I'd see this either!</p>
I sent the link to my professor as well.</p>
If it isn't already, that should be in the library of congress or something!</p>
06-24-2008, 06:16 PM
Yes, that's quite a find, isn't it? It shows his sure and calm console demeanor quite well.</p>
However, Vierne made a 78 RPM recording of In Dir ist Freude around this time, so I suspect that that recording is used for a sound-track to the film, and that's not the music he's actually playing in the film.</p>
Even so, it's still quite a video-clip!
06-24-2008, 08:46 PM
What a fantastic find! For me Vierne's music is some of the most beautiful and profound music penned for the organ and to see him play, albeit out of sync and for such a short time, is a extraordinary treat. I take my hat off to the man - what an artist!
06-24-2008, 09:23 PM
''Such a shame that console was not restored'' </P>
In the 1928 Vierne proposal ''that console'' is replaced. Also the action is electric instead of Barker.</P>
Cochereau did it with a new Kimber-Allen console. Both Vierne and Cochereau needed something modern to play their music and NOT an anachronism.</P>
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