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Educated at the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris, he made his career in Orleans, and oversaw the construction of the Cavaillé-Coll great cathedral organ. He didn't publish a great deal but his work demonstrates the same correctness and careful composition as that of Charles Collin, while remaining in a popular vein. In the preface to one of his collections he makes a point of praising Aristide Cavaillé-Coll's creative spirit, showing how much he was inspired, just like his prestigious Parisian colleagues, by the master organ builder's tones.

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Orléans cathedral organ

Henri-Victor Tournaillon

Beaugency 1832-Orléans 1887

Organist, Cavaillé-Coll great organ in Orleans Cathedral.

Tournaillon represents that strong tradition of short-sighted or blind organists that produced so many masters in several countries, particularly in France. (In fact, organ technique which, on the whole doesn't require a lot of movement and the rarity of concerted music with the organ, make this instrument particularly accessible to blind musicians).