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Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély

Louis-James-Alfred Lefébure-Wély (13 November 1817 – 31 December 1869) was a French organist and composer. He played a major role in the development of the French symphonic organ style and was closely associated with the organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, inaugurating many new Cavaillé-Coll organs.

His playing was virtuosic, and as a performer, he was rated above eminent contemporaries including César Franck. His compositions, less substantial than those of Franck and others, have not held such a prominent place in the repertory.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 13, 1817 (Paris), Died December 31, 1869 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]217 7-in. 9/21/1900 Monastery bells Charles P. Lowe Xylophone solo composer  
Victor B-4492 10-in. 5/15/1907 Monastery bells Arthur Pryor's Band Band, with chimes composer  
Victor B-12533 10-in. 10/23/1912 Monastery bells William H. Reitz Bells solo composer  
Victor BVE-37805 10-in. 2/9/1927 The nuns' hymn Mark Andrews Pipe organ solo composer  
Victor BVE-53490 10-in. 7/5/1929 Monastery bells Rosario Bourdon ; Victor Band Band composer  
Victor BS-048898 10-in. 4/30/1940 The wayside chapel Swiss music box Music box composer  
Columbia W140672 10-in. 6/12/1925 Hymn of the nuns Mark Andrews Pipe organ solo composer  
Edison 162 Not documented 8/16/1910 Monastery bells Band (unidentified; Edison Records) Band composer  
Edison 1300 10-in. between 10/9/1912 and 10/17/1912 Monastery bells String orchestra (unidentified; Edison Records) String orchestra composer  
Edison 8620 10-in. 10/6/1922 Monastery bells United States Marine Band Band composer  
Gramophone 01805v 12-in. 1/2/1911 O salutaris Georges Régis Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lefébure-Wély, Louis James Alfred," accessed December 4, 2022,

Lefébure-Wély, Louis James Alfred. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2022, from

"Lefébure-Wély, Louis James Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 4 December 2022.

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