I'm back in business!
So I'm celebrating!
I spent last evening at the 19th century galleries of the Met Museum helping students with an assignment.
While there, I finally read the label copy of a large painting by Henry LeRolle of an organ rehearsal in the Church of Saint Francis Xavier in Paris that I've always liked. I really should read these things more often. I might learn something.
It turns out that the organist in the painting is the composer Ernest Chausson who was LeRolle's brother-in-law.
It's too bad that I can't find a bigger reproduction than this, because on the left, LeRolle looks out at us. To the right of him is the sculptor Auguste Lenoir. To the left of LeRolle, behind him in the shadow is the young composer Claude Debussy. The women, including the singer, are all LeRolle's sisters. The elderly woman with Chausson is LeRolle's mother.
I've always loved the big clear composition, the way it conveys the idea of the singer's voice filling the vast space of the church.
So to accompany the painting, and to celebrate being back in the picture business, here is some loud spectacular French Romantic organ music in a big Parisian church.