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Henriette Puig-Roget: Montanyas del Roselló, Lo Canigo

twaltonbaker - Wayne Fisher plays Lo Canigo from Montanyas del Roselló by Henriette Puig-Roget

Henriette Puig-Roget was born in Bastia, Corsica, in 1910. She began her music studies at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 9. A student of Marcel Dupré, she won six first prizes at the Conservatoire between 1926 and 1930, and was awarded the First Second Grand Prix de Rome in 1933. Puig-Roget was a composer of organ, orchestra, piano, and chamber music. She served from the 30s to the 70s as organist at the Oratoire du Louvre and at the Grand Synagogue of Paris. She was a pianist at the Radio, a teacher of piano accompaniment at the Conservatoire, and director of voice training at the Paris Opera. Daniel Roth was one of her students. In 1979 she relocated to Tokyo, where she taught piano, music theory, and chamber music at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Puig-Roget passed away in Paris in 1992.

Montanyas del Roselló was written for organ and orchestra. It received its premiere in Paris on April 3, 1933, with the composer as soloist. The WorldCat record states that the piece contains two sections: La Miranda de Font Romeú (The Overlook at Font Romeú), and Lo Canigo. The work was arranged for solo organ by the composer.

Roussillon (Roselló) is a historical province of France, located where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. Roussillon shares a border with Catalunya. Its places have both Catalan and French names.

The Canigou (Lo Canigo) is a mountain of 2785 meters (9136 feet) in Roussillon only 50 km (31 miles) from the sea. It rises dramatically above the surrounding territory.

Font-Romeú-Odeillo-Via is a commune in Roussillon which contains one of the oldest ski resorts in France.

This recording was made at St. Luke's in Evanston, Illinois, in the later 1970s.

Wayne Fisher taught organ for many years at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, and served as chairman of the organ department.