César Franck

César Franck Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    10th December 1822
  • Died
    8th November 1890
  • Birthplace
    Liège, Belgium

César-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck was a composer, pianist, organist, and music teacher who worked in Paris during his adult life. He was born in Liège, where he gave his first concerts in 1834. He studied privately in Paris from 1835, where his teachers included Anton Reicha. After a brief return to Belgium, and a disastrous reception to an early oratorio Ruth, he moved to Paris, where he married and embarked on a career as teacher and organist. He gained a reputation as a formidable improviser, and travelled widely in France to demonstrate new instruments built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. In 1858 he became organist at Sainte-Clotilde, a position he retained for the rest of his life. He became professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1872; he took French nationality, a requirement of the appointment. His pupils included Vincent d'Indy, Ernest Chausson, Louis Vierne, and Henri Duparc. In the 1870s Franck took up composition again, and subsequently wrote several works that have entered the standard classical repertoire, including symphonic, chamber, and keyboard works.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Ballade, Op.9 Ballade Piano
Premier grand caprice, Op.5 Caprice Piano
3 Chorals for Organ Chorale Organ
Orgelstücke Compilation Organ
Danse lente Dance Piano
6 Duos Duet Voice(s) and Piano
Fantaisie, Op. 16 Fantasy Organ
Nocturne Nocturne Voice(s) and Piano
Ghiselle Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Hulda Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Les Béatitudes Oratorio Choir
Rédemption Oratorio Choir and Orchestra
3 Early Pieces Piano piece Piano
18 Pièces brèves Piano piece Piano
Eglogue, Op.3 Piano piece Piano
Les Djinns Piano piece Piano and orchestra
Les plaintes d'une poupée Piano piece Piano
Prélude, Aria et Final Piano piece Piano
Prélude, Choral et Fugue Piano piece Piano
3 Pièces pour grand orgue Piece Organ