The Symphonie Romane can be described as a great cyclical Easter symphony: based on the Easter gradual Haec Dies, this four-movement work expresses the miracle of the resurrection and the Easter rejoicing in music. Through the original way that Gregorian chant is integrated into a modern composition, this tenth and last organ symphony by Widor occupies a special position in the composer’s organ output and the organ repertoire in general.
The new Carus Urtext edition is based on Widor’s autograph and the last edition published before his death in Paris in 1937. As well as this, earlier editions have been consulted for comparison to clarify individual variant readings. Editorial suggestions on the performance of individual passages complete the new edition.