Presented by: Steven Young, DMA, AAGO
Location: Hyatt Regency – Dunwoody
The year 2020 will commemorate the 170th anniversary of the birth of Aloÿs Claussmann (1850- 1926). Claussmann, a student of Eugene Gigout, spent his career in a province outside of the mainstream musical life of Paris and devoted himself to performing and teaching the craft he so enjoyed. Claussmann spent his fifty-year career as organist of the Cathedral of Clermont-Ferrand, serving much of that time as director of the local music conservatory. Equally at home performing on the piano and the organ, Claussmann composed over 100 piano works and approximately 350 works for the organ, many of which were composed for use in the cathedral services and performed on the large three-manual Merklin organ.
This presentation will recount the life and works of Aloÿs Claussmann and discuss the organ music in the context of the great French tradition of which he was a part.