Paul Étienne Victor Wachs (born September 19, 1851, in Paris, died July 6, 1915) was a French composer who played predominantly the organ and piano. He is most remembered for his salon compositions for piano.
Wachs was the son of the French composer Frédéric Wachs (born 1825, died 1899). He was a student at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he was taught by multiple teachers, including Victor Massé, Antoine François Marmontel and César Franck. After his days of study, he became the second organist at the Church of Saint-Sulpice. In 1874, he left this position to be the choirmaster at the Church of Saint-Merri. This position had been held by famous composer Camille Saint-Saëns. He held this position until 1896. In 1908, Wachs bought a large property, which he named Les Myrtles after one of his pieces. He lived here with his family until he died on July 6, 1915. Among his pieces for piano, the most famous is 'Promenade à Âne'(petite pièce caractéristique) (1.714-c IRMÃOS VITALE EDITORES BRASIL (Starting in D+ , then E-, then G+, than back to D+)
List of Compositions
Here is a list of compositions with their original titles by Paul Wachs:
- Au matin
- Les blés sont mûrs
- Brin de paille
- Chanson du rouet
- Cœur léger
- Dormez, Ninon!
- Douce gaîté
- Doux aveu
- Le joyeux rémouleur
- Le Kangourou
- Marche triomphale
- Les myrtes
- Le Pas des bouquetières
- 2 Pièces pour orgue (2 pieces for the organ)
- Rose et Papillon
- Te Deum
- Une noce au village
- Valse interrompue
- Valse parisienne (Parisian Waltz)
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