Symphony for Organ No. 5 (Widor)
The piece consists of five movements:
- Allegro vivace
- Allegro cantabile
- Andantino quasi allegretto
The fifth movement is often referred to as just Widor's Toccata because it is his most famous piece. It lasts around six minutes. Its fame in part comes from its use as recessional music at wedding ceremonies. The melody of the composition is based upon an arrangement of arpeggios which form phrases, initially in F, moving in fifths through to C major, G major, etc. Each phrase consists of one bar. The melody is complemented by syncopated chords, forming an accented rhythm. The phrases are contextualised by a descending bass line beginning with the 7th tone of each phrase key. For example, where the phrase consists of an arpeggio in C major, the bass line begins with a B flat.
Usage at Royal weddings
- Princess Margrethe and Henri de Laborde de Monpezat on 10 June 1967 at the Church of Holmen
- Prince Joachim and Alexandra Christina Manley on 18 November 1995 at Frederiksborg Palace Church
- Prince Frederick and Mary Donaldson on 14 May 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral
- Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and Antony Armstrong-Jones on 6 May 1960 at Westminster Abbey
- Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Katharine Worsley on 8 June 1961 at York Minster
- Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips on 14 November 1973 at Westminster Abbey
- Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys-Jones on 19 June 1999 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
- Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey
Renditions of the work
- Performed by J. V. Clegg
- Performed by Frederick Hohmann at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Newark, New Jersey)
- Performed by Ch. M. Widor at the Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris
- Conclusion of the Third Movement played by Marcel Dupré on the Alexandra Palace organ, 7 March 1930 (direct link to MP3 file).
- Classic FM - Charles-Marie Widor: Organ Symphony No.5 in F minor. Accessed 26 December 2013
- Musik skal der til
- "Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)". Retrieved 2008-12-04.
- "The music setting to the marriage of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge to Miss Catherine Middleton.". Retrieved 2015-03-15.
- The wedding of Princess Märtha Louise