Rolande Falcinelli

FalcinelliRolande Falcinelli (1920 – 2006) was a French organist, pianist, composer, and teacher. She studied organ and improvisation with Marcel Dupré at the Paris Conservatoire. In 1955, she succeeded Dupré as organ professor at the Paris Conservatory, teaching there until 1987. Among her numerous students were Xavier Darasse, Louis Thiry, Yves Devernay, Francis Chapelet, André Isoir, Daniel Roth, Jean-Pierre Leguay, Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Louis Robillard, Philippe Lefèbvre, Maurice Clerc, Patrice Caire, Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet, and Naji Hakim. She also served as titular organist at Sacré-Coeur in Paris from 1946 to 1973.

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Rolande Falcinelli: 4 Grandes Improvisations en Concert

Rolande Falcinelli : Improvisations

Daniel Roth

daniel-rothIn 1963, Daniel Roth became Rolande Falcinelli‘s substitute at the great organ at Sacré-Coeur in Paris, where he succeeded his former teacher as titular organist in 1973, a position he held until 1985, when he was appointed titular organist at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, where his predecessors were Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, and Jean-Jacques Grunenwald.

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Fresques Symphoniques Sacrées

On a sunday afternoon: Live at the Washington Cathedral

Eight Improvisations: Cavaille-Coll Organ of Sacre-Coeur in Paris

Daniel Roth Plays the Cavaille-Coll at Saint-Ouen in Rouen, France

Louis Vierne: Messe Solennelle, Opus 16 (A recreation of a Traditional Latin Mass at Saint-Sulpice, Sunday of the Resurrection)
Includes improvised service music by Daniel Roth

Daniel Roth – Variations and Fugue on a theme of Albert de Klerk – 15th Haarlem Improvisation Competition

Sortie – 7 February 1999 – St. Sulpice
Daniel Roth with Eric Lebrun – Victimae paschali laudes – St. Sulpice, Paris, France

Naji Hakim

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Naji Hakim studied with Jean Langlais and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the classes of R. Boutry, Jean-Claude Henry, M. Bitsch, Rolande Falcinelli, J. Castérède and S. Nigg, where he was awarded seven first prizes. He is professor of musical analysis at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt, and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. At first organist of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Paris from 1985 until 1993, he then became organist of l’église de la Trinité, in succession to Olivier Messiaen, from 1993 until 2008.

HakimCompanionThe Improvisation Companion
United Music Publishers Ltd.
The Improvisation Companion is intended as a reference book for all musicians looking for a form of personal artistic expression on their instrument. The guide uses an educational process of synthesis and is divided into four main parts that deal with the theory of improvisation and of its different components (theme, development and forms). The two appendices cover the basic principles of harmonisation and give a repertoire of themes.

Principles of Improvisation. In: Church Music Quarterly, magazine of the Royal School of Church Music, July 2001.
Une entrevue avec Naji Hakim
by Béatrice Piertot in : “La Revue l’Orgue” 2003 (in French)

Naji Hakim – Entry in the 33rd Haarlem Improvisation Competition

Documentary – On the Edge featuring a Sortie by Hakim
Naji Hakim – Improvisation “Segne du Maria” – Wallfahrtskirche – Klausen

On the music of Hakim:

Selected Chant-Based Organ Works of Naji Hakim: The Influence of Improvisation
by Heather Hernandez