Published on Feb 13, 2017

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French composer/organist Olivier Messiaen (1909-1992) improvises at the organ of the Paris Church of the Sainte-Trinité (Holy Trinity), where he was organist for more than six decades (since 1931)

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Frederick Hohman plays the popular Toccata from the Fifth Organ Symphony in F, Op 42 #1, by Charles-Marie Widor on the Schantz pipe organ at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey USA

This performance of Widor’s Toccata from the Fifth Organ Symphony is found on the CD recording from PRO ORGANO entitled “A Couple of French Fifths” – Pro Organo CD 7021. This recording contains the complete Widor’s Fifth Symphony as well as the complete Fifth Organ Symphony of Louis Vierne. To access details, link to http://www.zarex.com/bin and enter 7021 in the Search Box.

The complete 30-minute Midnight Pipes video is also available from http://www.zarex.com.bin . To access details on this video, enter 9018 in the Search Box.

The organ at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart was originally built and installed in the 1950s by the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio http://www.schantzorgan.com/ . In 1989, renovations were made, which included a new 4-manual console located in the Chancel of the Cathedral, which is seen in this video. Frederick Hohman was engaged as a featured organist in the dedication program of this organ in 1990, when he appeared with orchestra in Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante before a capacity audience.

Frederick Hohman’s website is: http://www.frederickhohman.net