Albert Renaud (organist)
Life and career
Born in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, Renaud studied at the Conservatoire de Paris under César Franck, Camille Saint-Saens, Charles Gounod and Jules Massenet and began his career by succeeding his father Félix as choirmaster of the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris.
After a spell as organist at Rennes Cathedral, he returned to Paris in 1878 as organist of the Church of Saint-François-Xavier. In 1891 he became organist at the parish church of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, serving until his death. In 1903 he oversaw the refurbishment of the church's Cavaillé-Coll organ, marking the completion of the work with a concert on 27 October at which Alexandre Guilmant and Eugène Gigout also played.
Renaud's best known work is his Toccata in D minor (Op. 108, No. 1), which he dedicated to Alexandre Guilmant. Guilmant played it during a recital at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. He also wrote piano, orchestral and choral works as well as opera and ballet music.
- Le Monde Moderne, vol. 14 (July–December 1901), pp. 829–830.
- The Etude, January 1914, p. 301. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
- Toccatas, Carillons and Scherzos for Organ: 27 Works for Church or Concert Performance ed. Rollin Smith (Dover Publications Inc., 2002), p. v. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
- Musique Orgue Québec, Église Saint-François-Xavier, Paris. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
- Louis Jambou, La musique entre France et Espagne : interactions stylistiques 1870 - 1939 (Presses de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2003), p. 322.
- Le Guide Musical, vol. 49 (1903), p. 749.
- Bibliothèque nationale de France, Renaud, Albert (1855–1924). Retrieved 7 January 2022.