Paul Wachs
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Paul Wachs

Paul Étienne Victor Wachs (19 September 1851 - 6 July 1915) was a French composer, organist and pianist.[1] He is most remembered for his salon compositions for piano.


Born in Paris, Wachs was the son of the French composer Frédéric Wachs (1825-1899).[2] He was a student at the Conservatoire de Paris, where his teachers included François Benoist and César Franck for organ and Victor Massé and Antoine François Marmontel for composition.[2][3]

After his studies, he became the second organist at the Church of Saint-Sulpice.[2] In 1874, he left this position to be the choirmaster at the Church of Saint-Merri.[2] This position had previously been held by Camille Saint-Saëns.[3] He held this position until 1896.[2] In 1908, Wachs bought a large property in Saint-Mandé, which he named Les Myrtles after one of his compositions.[2] He lived there with his family until his death at age 63.[2]

Among his works for piano, the most famous is Promenade à Âne.

List of compositions

Alphabetical list based on IMSLP.

  • Angélus
  • Au matin
  • Baliverne
  • Les Blés sont mûrs
  • Boléro
  • Brin de paille
  • Capricante
  • Carillonnettes
  • Chanson du rouet
  • Coeur léger
  • Deux Pièces pour orgue
  • Dormez, Ninon!
  • Douce gaîté
  • Doux aveu
  • Hosanna
  • Le Joyeux rémouleur
  • Le Kangourou
  • Madrileña
  • Marche triomphale
  • Les Myrtes
  • Le Pas des bouquetières
  • Rose et papillon
  • Te Deum
  • Une Noce au village
  • Valse interrompue
  • Valse parisienne


  1. ^ "Paul Wachs". Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Paul Étienne Wachs". Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Paul Etienne Victor Wachs". Music of Yesterday. Retrieved 2015.

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