Charles Widor (1844-1937) was a French organist, teacher and composer. He succeeded César Franck as organ professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1890. A strong proponent of improvisation, Widor recommended that his pupils study the organ works of J.S. Bach to help them become better improvisers.
Widor was a prolific composer, creating a vast repertoire of orchestral works, solo works for organ and piano, chamber music, songs and choral works during his long lifetime. His appreciation of Bach shines through in his 1925 work for solo organ, entitled Bach’s Memento.
Enjoy this video recording of the Mattheus-Final from Bach's Memento, played by organist, Peter Van de Velde at Antwerp Cathedral.