César Franck
César Franck

César Franck

About César Franck

César Franck (1822-1890) was born in Belgium but established his career as a composer and organist in France, most prestigiously at the Paris Conservatoire and at the church of Sainte-Clothilde. Franck's music was heavily influenced by Liszt and Wagner, so he favored rapid chromatic modulations, novel harmonies, and the use of motto themes in cyclic forms, all used to great advantage in the Symphony in D minor, one of his most famous compositions. Franck's organ pieces are among the most celebrated Romantic works for that instrument, though his symphonic poems, chamber music, and sacred choral settings are also regularly performed.

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