For this weekend’s communion voluntary, I will play Prière by Louis Niedermeyer (1802 – 1861).
Niedermeyer was born in Switzerland to a musical family, where his father taught him as a child. As a teenager he studied in Vienna, and later in Rome, where his passion for operatic music was greatly encouraged.
Niedermeyer wrote numerous operas, but not all of his works were well-received. Troubled by his lack of success, in later life he abandoned opera almost entirely, choosing to focus on sacred music instead. He moved to Paris where he taught sacred music at the École Choron. The school was later renamed the École Niedermeyer de Paris, in his honor.
Enjoy the music this weekend - and until we meet again, take care and stay well!