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André Raison: before 1650-1719


Organist at the Paris church of Sainte-Geneviéve from 1666-1716, Raison composed Masses and Magnificats, but is best remembered for his two volumes of compositions for the organ. His most famous pupil was Louis Nicolas Clérambault, a contemporary of Sebastian Bach's and another fine composer of keyboard works. Bach is known to have been familiar with Raison's Premier 'Livre d'orgue' (1688) because he reworked one of its themes into the ground of his famous Passacaglia in C Minor.

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