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February 21 marks the birthdays of two gentlemen who made significant contributions to organ music, both as performers and composers.

Charles-Marie Widor, born on this day in 1844, presided over the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Sulpice in Paris for nearly 64 years.

Gerre Hancock, born on this day in 1934, was the Organist and Master of Choristers at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City from 1971 until 2004.

Listen to the Sanctus and Benedictus from Widor’s Messe, Op. 36.

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