Suite Gothique

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Suite gothique, Op. 25 is a suite for organ composed by Léon Boëllmann in 1895.[1]

The suite consists of four movements:

  1. Introduction - Choral (C minor)
  2. Menuet gothique (C major)
  3. Prière à Notre-Dame (A-flat major)
  4. Toccata (C minor)

The first movement (Introduction - Choral) is in C minor and is made up of harmonized choral phrases that are first played in block chords on the great and pedals, and then repeated, piano, on the Swell. The second movement (Menuet gothique) is in 3/4 time and in C major. The third movement (Prière à Notre-Dame) is in A-flat major. It rarely uses dynamics above 'piano'. The final fourth movement (Toccata) is the best-known of the suite. This movement returns to C minor, ending with a Tierce de Picardie on full organ.[1]

The suite was transcribed for brass band by Eric Ball, and is frequently used as a concert finale by bands such as Fodens, Black Dyke and Brighouse & Rastrick, as well as a test piece in contesting.[2]


  1. ^ a b Sleeve Notes, Creightons Collection, URL accessed 4 December 2007
  2. ^ Suite Gothique, Brass Bands results, URL accessed 22 April 2017

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