List of compositions by César Franck

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César Franck photographed by Pierre Petit.

Most of César Franck's works seem to have been published during his lifetime, although only 21 works received a publisher's opus number. The mature published works were catalogued by Wilhelm Mohr in his Franck Werke Verzeichnis (FWV). He divided Franck's compositions into two main groups: instrumental works, M.1-48, and vocal works, M.49-91, arranging them by genre, and by composition date order within each genre.

Juvenile works[edit]

Franck wrote a number of juvenile works between 1834-7 to which he assigned an opus number; he later disowned all these early works, except for the Premiere Grande Fantaisie for piano Op.12 (1836), which he occasionally played in later life. These op. numbers are not to be confused with his mature published works, published with or without an opus number.

  • Op.2 - Concerto No. 1, piano & orch., 1834?
  • Op.3 - Grand Rondo, piano, 1834
  • Op.4 - Variations brillantes un thème original, piano, 1834
  • Op.5 - Variations brillantes sur un air du Pré aux Clercs (Hérold), piano, 1834
  • Op.6 - Grand Trio for piano, violin & cello, 1834
  • Op.8 - Variations brillantes sur la ronde favorite de Gustave III (by Auber), piano, 1834
  • Op.9 - O salutaris, chorus & piano, 1835
  • Op.10 - Premiere grande Sonate, piano, 1834/5
  • Op.11 - Deuxieme grand Concerto, piano & orch., 1836
  • Op.12 - Premiere grande Fantaisie, piano, 1836 (only piece not to be disowned)
  • Op.13 - Fantaisie (lost), piano, 1836
  • Op.14 - Deuxieme grande Fantaisie, piano, 1836
  • Op.15 - Two mélodies for piano, c.1837
  • Op.18 - Deuxieme Sonata, piano, c.1837
  • Op.19 - Troisieme grande Fantaisie for piano c.1837

Mature works[edit]

This is an incomplete, sortable list of César Franck's mature works. The general layout of the table is according to Mohr's classification of the published compositions listed in FWV by genre and date, along with a few unpublished/unfinished works to which Mohr did not assign an FWV number; the latter are included in date order within each FWV genre. The corresponding publisher's Opus number is also shown where appropriate.

Contents
FWV Op. Title Genre Composed Published Notes
1 1 /1 Piano Trio No.1 in F#- Chamber 1839-42
2 1 /2 Piano Trio No.2 in Bb Chamber 1839-42 "Trio de Salon"
3 1 /3 Piano Trio No.3 in B- Chamber 1839-42
4 2 Piano Trio No.4 in B- Chamber 1842
5 6 Andantino Quietoso in Eb, for violin & piano Chamber 1843
10 Solo de Piano on a theme from 'Ruth', for piano & string quartet Chamber 1843 unfinished
6 14 Duo Concertant in Bb, for violin and piano Chamber 1844
7 Piano Quintet in F minor Chamber 1878-79
8 Violin Sonata in A major Chamber 1886 1886
9 String Quartet in D Chamber 1889 1889
10 Mélancolie, for violin & piano Chamber 1889 ? 1911
11 3 Églogue Piano 1842 1844
12 4 Duo for piano No.1, on 'God Save the King', for piano 4-hands Piano 1842 1845 c.
13 5 Grand Caprice No.1 Piano 1843 1845 c.
14 7 Souvenir d'Aix-la-Chapelle Piano 1843 1845 c.
15 8 Four songs by Franz Schubert, arr. for piano solo Piano 1844
9 Ballade Piano 1844
16 11 Grande Fantaisie No. 1 on motifs from Gulistan by Nicolas Dalayrac for piano 4 hands Piano 1844 1844 [1]
17 12 Grande Fantaisie No. 2 on motifs from Gulistan by Dalayrac for piano 4 hands Piano 1844 1844
18 15 Fantaisie sur 2 airs polonaises Piano 1845 1845
16 Trois petits riens[nb 1] Piano 1845
19 17 Duo for piano No.2, on the quartet from Lucile by Grétry, for piano 4-hands[nb 2] Piano 1845-6 1846
20 Les plaintes d'une poupée Piano 1865 1865 c.
21 Prélude, Choral et Fugue Piano 1884 1892 c. Sometimes wrongly numbered 'Op. 21' instead of M. 21
22 Danse Lente Piano 1885 ? 1886 publ. in "Album du Gaulois"
23 Prélude, Aria et Final Piano 1886-7 1902 Sometimes wrongly numbered 'Op. 23' instead of M. 23
24 L'Organiste Vol.2, Organ 1858-63 1900 consists of 30 pieces collected and published after L'Organiste, Vol. 1
25 Andantino in G- Organ 1857 1889
26 5 Pieces for harmonium Organ 1863 1865?
27 Trois Antiennes Organ 1859 1859
28 16 6 Pieces pour Grande Orgue, Op. 16-21, M.28-33
Fantasy in C
Organ 1859-62
29 17 Grande Pièce Symphonique in F# minor Organ 1859-62
30 18 Prélude, Fugue et Variation in B♭ minor Organ 1859-62 Also arr. for 2 pianos; for piano & harmonium; and for solo piano by Harold Bauer and Ignaz Friedman
31 19 Pastorale in E Organ 1859-62
32 20 Prière in C# minor Organ 1859-62
33 21 Final Organ 1859-62
34 22 Quasi Marcia, for harmonium Organ 1862 1870 ?
35 3 Pieces for Organ, M.35-37
Fantaisie in A major
Organ 1878 1884
36 Cantabile in B major Organ 1878 1884
37 Piece héroique in B minor Organ 1878 1884
38 3 Chorales for Organ, M.38-40
Chorale in E major
Organ 1878 1884
39 Chorale in B minor Organ 1878 1884
40 Chorale in A minor Organ 1878 1884
41 L'Organiste Vol.1 Organ 1889-90 1896 55 pieces published posthumously
42 44 pieces for harmonium Organ 1858-63 1900
- Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne, symphonic poem Orchestra 1846 Op. posth.
43 Les Eolides, symphonic poem Orchestra 1875-76
44 Le Chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman), symphonic poem Orchestra 1881-82
45 Les Djinns, symphonic poem for piano and orchestra Orchestra 1884
46 Symphonic Variations, for piano and orchestra Orchestra 1885
47 Psyché, symphonic poem for chorus and orchestra Orchestra 1886-87
48 Symphony in D minor Orchestra 1887-88
- Stradella, unpub. opera in 3 acts Opera 1841-2 Arranged by Luc van Hove from vocal score with indications for orchestration, perf. 2012-2013
- Le Valet de Ferme, unpub. opéra comique in 3 acts Opera 1851-53
49 Hulda Opera 1882–85
50 Ghiselle Opera 1889
51 Ruth, for soloists, chorus & orch. Sacred w/orch 1843-6 Revised 1871
Les Sept Paroles du Christ sur la Croix Sacred w/orch 1859 Unperformed during his lifetime, only discovered in 1955
52 Rédemption, symphonic poem for narrator, women's chorus, mixed chorus & orch. Sacred w/orch 1872 Revised 1874. Text by Edouard Blau.[2]
53 Les Béatitudes, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orch. Sacred w/orch 1869-79
54 Rébecca, cantata for soloists, chorus & orch. Sacred w/orch 1880–81 Text by Paul Collin
55 O salutaris, for soprano, tenor or mezzo-soprano & organ Sacred w/organ 1858
56 Three Motets, M.56-58
O salutaris, for soprano, chorus and organ
Sacred w/organ 1865
57 Ave Maria, hymn for soprano and bass soloists & organ Sacred w/organ 1865
58 Tantum ergo, hymn for bass voice, mixed chorus & organ Sacred w/organ 1865
59 Messe solennelle for bass and organ Sacred w/organ 1858
60 Le garde d'honneur, sacred canticle for voice, female chorus, organ Sacred w/organ
61a Messe à trois voix for STB soloists, chorus and orchestra (or organ reduc.) Sacred w/organ 1860
61b Panis Angelicus for tenor, cello, harp, organ Sacred w/organ 1861 Included in the 1872 edition, replacing the offertory O salutaris for bass
62 Ave Maria, for soprano, tenor, bass and organ Sacred w/organ
63 3 Offertories, M.63-65
Quae est ista
Sacred w/organ
64 Domine Deus in simplicitate, for 3 voices with organ and double bass Sacred w/organ 1861
65 Dextera Domini pour sop, tén, bas, choeur et orgue Sacred w/organ 1861 Orchestrated in 1877
66 Domine non secundum, offertory for 3 voices and organ Sacred w/organ
67 Quare fremuerunt gentes Sacred w/organ 1865
68 Veni Creator à 2 voix avec orgue Sacred w/organ 1876
69 Cantique au Sacré-Coeur Sacred w/organ 1880
70 Souvenance, song for voice and piano Solo song
71 Ninon, song for voice and piano Solo song
72 L'émir de Bengador, song for voice and piano Solo song
73 Le sylphe, song for voice and piano Solo song
74 Robin Gray, song for voice and piano Solo song
75 L'ange et l'enfant, song for voice and piano Solo song
76 Aimer, song for voice and piano Solo song
77 Les trois exilés, song for voice and piano Solo song
78 S'il est un charmant gazon, song for voice and piano Solo song
79 Paris: Ode patriotique for soprano or tenor and piano (or orch.) Solo song 1870
80 Le mariage des roses, song for voice and piano Solo song
81 Roses et papillons, song for voice and piano Solo song
82 Passez, passez toujours, song for voice and piano Solo song
83 Pour moi sa main cueillait des roses, song for voice and piano Solo song
84 Le vase brisé, song for voice and piano Solo song
85 Nocturne, song for voice and piano Solo song
86  ? song for voice and piano Solo song
87 Les cloches du soir, song for voice and piano Solo song
88 La procession: Dieu s'avance à travers les champs!, for voice and piano (or orch.) Solo song
89 Six duos for female chorus and piano Chorus song
90 Premier sourire de Mai, for small 3-voice choir Chorus song 1888
91 Hymne de Jean Racine, for 4-part male chorus and piano (or orch.) Chorus song 1888
Other miscellaneous works

Probably included in other works in the table

  • Andantino (1889), for harmonium
  • Petit offertoire, for harmonium
  • Entrée, for harmonium
  • Piece in Eb, for organ or harmonium
  • Offertoire in A, for harmonium
  • Offertoire sur un Noël bréton, for harmonium

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The opus numbers given to Trois Petits Riens, Op. 16, (1845), and Grand Duo on 'Lucile' by Grétry, Op. 17, M.19, (1845-6) were later assigned by a different publisher to Six Pieces for Organ Opp. 16-21, M.28-33.
  2. ^ See note 1
Citations
  1. ^ The MS of Gulistan is in the Württembergischen Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart. Krekler, Ingeborg et al.,(2000). Die Handschriften der Württembergischen Landesbibliothek Stuttgart. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, ISBN 9783447042413
  2. ^ Libretto at Gallica.bnf.fr Retrieved 12 January 2016.