César Auguste Franck

Until around 1844 César Franck had principally appeared as a piano virtuoso. In 1851 he became organist at[nbsp] St. Jean-St. François in Paris, where he had at his disposal a rather modest two-manual Cavaillé-Coll organ. However, the beautiful tone of the instrument filled him with such enthusiasm that he exclaimed in answer to a question about the organ: 'My new organ? It's an orchestra!' In 1859 Franck finally became Organiste titulaire at Ste. Clotilde in Paris, a position which he held until his death.

The origin of Franck's[nbsp]Sonata for Violin and Piano is closely linked to his acquaintance with the young violin virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe. Franck dedicated the work to him as a wedding present. The composition is ranked among the most famous chamber music works at all.

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