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    Hi guys,

    Any help on interpreting Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony?

    Anything is welcome: links, books, your own comments etc.

    On a funny but true note: please don't tell me to go look it up online (as someone told me) I am looking for the stuff I might have missed or misunderstood during my research.

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Mecc

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    Im guessing youve already read the Classical notes article linked below. If not, i find these really useful.

    http://www.classicalnotes.net/classics4/saintsaens.html

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    I love the Organ Symphony but I've always wondered why bother having the organ (and piano) parts there at all when the parts for those instruments are so minimal. It seems like a lot of effort to have to find concert halls with full pipe organs when the organ part isn't really that virtuosic and you just want it for the timbre. Does anyone know Saint Saens' logic on this?

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    Why is it called "Organ Symphony" and not concerto?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    Why is it called "Organ Symphony" and not concerto?
    Because that's what the composer called it. To be precise he called it Symphonie No. 3 "avec orgue" (with organ).

    Seriously though, for a concerto, the role of the organ is too limited (2 out of 4 movements), and it only really shines in the final movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Because that's what the composer called it. To be precise he called it Symphonie No. 3 "avec orgue" (with organ).

    Seriously though, for a concerto, the role of the organ is too limited (2 out of 4 movements), and it only really shines in the final movement.
    Thank you for that

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