Joris Verdin Discussions on CÚsar Franck
Het ORGEL 97 (2001), nr. 1, 5-9 [summary]

franck.jpg (21349 bytes)The discussions on the ‘correct’ interpretation of Franck’s organ works are mainly a result of the difference between a certain a priori concept of Franck and musicological investigation. Whereas this concept is patently based on unverifiable ‘testimonies’, the musicological investigation, led by JoŰl-Marie Fauquet, results in a coherent whole. A very important aspect is the difference between church and concert music. Interpreting Franck’s organ works as religious music requires accepting some assumptions that are contradictory to the entire context of organ playing in France, as well as to the objective indications of Franck himself.