- Formative years (1870-1893)
Born nearly blind, Vierne shows an exceptional talent for music at an early age. He is deeply impressed by the sound of the organ, and develops a love of music. With the encouragement of his uncle and others, he prepares for a career as a professional organist. His uncle and father both pass away before he is 17....
- Reputation and recognition (1894-1905)
- Vierne enters César Franck's organ class at the Paris Conservatory,
later becomes Widor's pupil and assistant, and teaching assistant to Guilmant at the Conservatory. He is named organist of Notre-Dame de Paris. Marriage and increasing fame. 1st and 2nd organ symphonies ....
- Difficult years (1906-1919)
- Career setback after breaking his right leg and ankle.
Divorces his wife on grounds of her unfaithfulness. Losses his mother.
On death of his friend Guilmant, he is displaced by rivalry at the Conservatory. His brother and son are killed in combat, as are many former students.
Completely blinded by glaucoma. 3rd and 4th symphonies. Many works, all genres ....
- Final years (1920-1937)
- Returning to Paris after 4 years, nearly ruined and completely blind, he
must set about reestablishing his career. Successful tours abroad, including America. Recordings on 78 RPM. Completion of restoration and 'improvements' of
the organ at Notre-Dame. 5th and 6th symphonies; 24 Fantasy Pieces. Also, numerous works in all genres ....