Stèle pour un enfant défunt
From Triptyque, Op. 58
"Memorial for a dead child"
One of my favorite pieces.
Here is Vierne's description of the circumstances under which he wrote it:
„Stèle pour un enfant défunt was written in the memory of a poor urchin, who died at the age of ten, under dreadful circumstances. He was a precocious little being, sensitive far beyond his years, named Jean de Brancion. As an old friend of the family, I was grief-stricken at his tragic passing. In a kind of votive offering dedicated to his memory, I refrained from conventional obsequiousness; there was nothing appropriate to express my sorrow, merely a suggestion of sadness through an illusory poetry; that was what I tried to achieve."
Vierne died at the organ console of Notre-Dame de Paris, moments after finishing playing this piece, on June 2nd, 1937.
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