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Lot 7: Pierre Henri Lamazou [1828-1883] French Bishop & Organist
29 October 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: Pierre Henri Lamazou [1828-1883] French Bishop (of Limoges and Amiens]. As the rector of St, Sulpice in Paris, he was a great supporter of the composer and organiste-titulaire (ie: officially appointed organist) of St. Sulpice, Alfred Léfebure-Wely, and promoted his music and his style of playing (which was rather lamboyant and showy...many of the time considered him not to be a good "church: organist, but rather a "concert" organist). He promoted and encouraged the use of the pipe organ in the rites of the Roman Catholic Church. When they tried to surpress the organ versets for the Te Deum (a big and rather long hymn of Thanksgiving with organ improvisations between choral Gregorian chant verses at the end of festive Roman Catholic services), Lamazou loudly protested and encouraged its continued usage. He wrote a short article/booklet in 1863 on the organ at St. Sulpice and the state of organ construction. In 1868, he wrote a two page article on the newly rebuilt Cavaillé-Coll organ at Notre Dame Cathedral (he had served on the commission for its restoration). Offered here is an ALS, Paris [France], 1867 2-1/2 pp, 4-3/4 x 7-1/4 in. Not translated. Fine.
Condition Report: VG