Photo of Cesar Franck playing the organ

César Franck Quotes

César Franck was a Belgian-French composer, pianist, organist, and music teacher who worked in Paris in the 1800’s. Franck’s is known for compositions written in his later years, particularly his Symphony in D minor, the Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra, the Prelude, Chorale and Fugue for piano solo, the Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, the Piano Quintet in F minor, and the symphonic poem Le Chasseur Maudit. As an organist he was skilled at improvisation and Franck is considered by many the greatest composer of organ music after Bach.

Image: Photo of Cesar Franck playing the organ

“I dared much, but the next time, you will see, I will dare even more…”

“Public opinion made no similar mistake on this score.”

“If you only knew how I love this instrument . . . it is so supple beneath my fingers and so obedient to all my thoughts!”

French conductor, Pierre Monteux said about Franck,

“How I regret not having told César Franck of my profound admiration for him and his music. After playing he Sonata for violin for the first time, I nearly wept over certain phrases. The beauty of it overwhelmed me.”

Composer Franck primary student Vincent D’Indy said,

“In these two evening hours of the morning – which were often curtailed – and in the few weeks he snatched during the vacation at the Conservatory, Frank’s finest works were conceived, planned, and written.”

-César Franck (1822-1890)

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Richard J. Chandler, BA, MA Bachelor of Arts-Music & Master of Arts-Psychology