Magazine article The Tracker

Organ Loft Whisperings: The Paris Correspondence of Fannie Edgar Thomas to the Musical Courier, New York, 1893-1894

Magazine article The Tracker

Organ Loft Whisperings: The Paris Correspondence of Fannie Edgar Thomas to the Musical Courier, New York, 1893-1894

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Organ Loft Whisperings: The Paris Correspondence of Fannie Edgar Thomas to The Musical Courier, New York, 18931894, 211 pp., ill. Compiled and edited with a preface by Agnes Armstrong. Altamont, N.Y.: Sticut tuum Productions, 2003. ISBN 0-9747338-0-6. $36.95 (OHS member), $39.95 (non-member). Available from the Organ Historical Society, Box 26811, Richmond, VA 23261 < www.ohscatalog.com >.

Organ Loft Whisperings collects thirty-three columns appearing under that heading in The Musical Courier, a weekly musical periodical with international ambitions published in New York. The articles are by an American writer about whom little is known, Fannie EdgarThomas (1870-?), and they offer a fascinating glimpse into the organists and church music of Paris in the last decade of the nineteenth century. Among the organists profiled by Miss Thomas are Alexandre Guilmant, Charles-Marie Widor, Théodore Dubois, Gabriel Pierné, Eugène Gigout, and Léon Boëllmann. Also mentioned are many lesser organists, other church musicians, and all of the important Parisian churches. Miss Thomas describes Widor this way (p. 39):

His coloring is brown. It is a long face, the features regularly divided, even with an unusually high brow, and a strong, straight nose. The head is pleasingly shaped; the hair upon it slight and fine and brown. The mouth is firm, neither stern nor smiling, and not covered by the stiff looking mustache that is without French point or turn. The eyes are large, round, brown, clear and inquiring, full of a changing expression that is very interesting to watch. …

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