A very rare "short" film of Louis Vierne
performing JS Bach's In Dir ist Freude (In Thee is Joy, BWV
615) on the Grandes Orgues of Notre Dame de Paris. This is perhaps the only
known film of Vierne performing. It was part of a 1934 newsreel entitled
"Les Mains de Paris" about artists in Paris. Vierne likely welcomed this
video since it is also around this time that he was trying to raise money to
repair the organ. What is very apparent is Master Vierne's complete lack of
extraneous movement during the performance -- a characteristic of the French
Although the sound is not well synchronized, it seems that he is indeed
playing the In Dir ist Freude, although some viewers may
disagree. Nevertheless, the sound of the organ and performance do indicate
that Vierne at Notre Dame is heard in the audio track.
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