Technique

Widor’s Toccata


The fifth movement is often referred to as just Widor’s Toccata because it is his most famous piece. Lasting around six minutes, its fame in part comes from its use as recessional music at wedding ceremonies.

Widor was pleased with the worldwide renown this single piece afforded him, but he was unhappy with how fast many other organists played it. Widor himself always played the Toccata rather deliberately. Many organists play it at a very fast tempo whereas Widor preferred a more controlled articulation to be involved. Here, organist Janez Rus tries to do just that in the chapel of St. Stanislaus Institution, December 2011.

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