Léon Boëllmann was a French composer of the Romantic era. He is mainly remembered for the characteristic Suite Gothique for organ, particularly the brilliant though only moderately challenging Toccata. Boëllmann was also a famous professor, organist, improviser, and critic in Paris. He worked as an organist at the Parisian church of St. Vincent-de-Paul from 1881 to 1897.
In addition to a selection of 100 pieces of contrapuntal organ, written under the title Heures mystiques, he has also composed some 68 chambers, orchestral and other works. He enjoyed international popularity for some time with his symphonic variations for cello and orchestra. Today, Boëllmann is known exclusively for the modal organ music, particularly the Suite Gothique.
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