Is this the music I heard at the Madeleine Église back in February?

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On my last full day in Paris last February, I started my day with a quick visit to the L’église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (La Madeleine).

The piece I heard sounded somewhat familiar, but I could not completely place it. The other week, while I was listening to my Google Music “classical” radio playlist, I thought I heard that same piece again.

The four audio snippets I recorded seem to be variations or sections of “the Symphony for Organ No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42, No. 1, composed by Charles-Marie Widor in 1879. It lasts for about thirty-five minutes."1

Listening to these four snippets now, I am not so sure. Do you know or recognize these practice runs?

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, “Symphony for Organ No. 5 (Widor),” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, link (accessed October 24, 2014). ↩︎