Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens

Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    3rd January 1823
  • Died
    30th January 1881
  • Birthplace
    Zoerle-Parwijs, near Westerlo, Belgium

Jacques-Nicolas (Jaak-Nicolaas) Lemmens was an organist and composer for his instrument. Born at Zoerle-Parwijs, near Westerlo, Belgium, Lemmens took lessons from François-Joseph Fétis, who wanted to make him into a musician capable of renewing the organ-player's art in Belgium. Fétis sent him to Adolf Friedrich Hesse in Germany to learn Johann Sebastian Bach's tradition. In 1847, Lemmens won the Paris Conservatoire's prestigious Prix de Rome with his Le roi Lear ("King Lear"). One year later he published his first work for organ: Dix improvisations dans le style sévère et chantant ("Ten improvisations in a strict and singing style"). In March 1849 he was appointed organ teacher at the Royal Brussels Conservatoire, aged only 26; and he trained numerous young musicians, including two eminent Frenchmen, Alexandre Guilmant and Charles-Marie Widor.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
École d'orgue Books Organ
Organ Music Books Organ
Fanfare from L'École d'orgue Fanfare Organ
4 Organ Pieces in Free Style Piece Organ
Walpurgisnacht Piece Organ
Postlude in D major Prelude Organ
Chants liturgiques Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Communion for organ Sacred Mass Organ
Messes et Motets Sacred Mass Voice(s) and Instruments
Prière Sacred Mass Organ
3 Organ Sonatas Sonata Organ
Morceaux pour Orgue-Mélodium Suite Organ