Born from the imagination of instrumental builders in the first half of the nineteenth century (J. Napoléon Fourneaux, A. François Debain, etc.), the expressive organ, or the harmonium, an object of endless research, was constantly undergoing improvements in the second half of the century by A. F. Debain, Jacob Alexandre, Victor, Charles, Auguste and Alphonse Mustel, as well as the French builders, who were constructing instruments with a great deal of care.
Used in churches, this new instrument was especially very fashionable in people's homes, where it rivaled with the piano.
This passion reached its peak in the years 1855-1870 and inspired an abundant literature, made up of as many original pieces as of transcriptions of great masters and especially of popular operas. Théodore Dubois composed a great deal for the instrument, notably of two volumes of pieces for the harmonium or the organ (published respectively in 1889 and 1926).
We have collected here Théodore Dubois's pieces destined exclusively for the harmonium and published separately.
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Caprice mélodique et Prière Op.6, N°1
Fantaisie pastorale Op.6, N°2