Wednesday 20 March 2013

Charles-Marie Widor: Composer (New Astrology data and chart)

* Charles-Marie Widor's birth record is transcribed and translated in a comprehensive biography by John R. Near.

Charles-Marie Jean Albert Widor (21 February 1844 – 12 March 1937) was a French organist, composer and teacher.

Widor was born in Lyon, to a family of organ builders, and initially studied music there with his father, François-Charles Widor, titular organist of Saint-François-de-Sales from 1838 to 1889. The French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, reviver of the art of organ building, was a friend of the Widor family; he arranged for the talented young organist to study in Brussels in 1863 with Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens for organ technique and with the elderly François-Joseph Fétis, director of the Brussels Conservatoire, for composition. After this term of study Widor moved to Paris, where he would make his home for the rest of his life. At the age of 24 he was appointed assistant to Camille Saint-Saëns at Église de la Madeleine.

In January 1870, with the combined lobbying of Cavaillé-Coll, Saint-Saëns, and Charles Gounod, the 25-year-old Widor was appointed as "provisional" organist of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, the most prominent position for a French organist. The organ at St-Sulpice was Cavaillé-Coll's masterwork; the instrument's spectacular capabilities proved an inspiration to Widor. Despite his job's ostensibly "provisional" nature, Widor remained as organist at St-Sulpice for nearly 64 years, until the end of 1933. He was succeeded in 1934 by his former student and assistant, Marcel Dupré.

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.


Widor was of one of France's most distinguished musicians. His Pisces Sun is the focal planet in a distinctive Boomerang pattern.


BIRTH DATA: Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor, 21 February 1844, 14:00 (2 p.m.), Lyon, France (45n45, 04e61). ASC: 22 Cancer. RR=AA (transcribed and translated birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (c) quotes John R. Near, Widor: A Life beyond the Toccata (University of Rochester Press, 2011), p. 6, according to "the records of the Lyon Municipal Archives, entry number 700," 22 February 1844, "an infant male born yesterday, at two o'clock in the afternoon . . . given the first names Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert." Same data in John Richard Near's book, Symphonie II (A-R Editions, 1991), p. xxiv: "The composer's birth certificate, located by the editor in 1982, shows that Widor was born around 2 p.m. on 21 February 1844."