Louis Victor Jules Vierne (8 October 1870 – 2 June 1937 Poitiers, France) was born nearly blind, but at an early age was discovered to have an unusual gift for music.
At the age of two he heard a Schubert lullaby and promptly began picking out the notes of the lullaby on the piano. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire and later served as an assistant to the organist Charles-Marie Widor at St Sulpice in Paris. Vierne eventually became principal organist at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a post he held from 1900 until his death in 1937.
Vierne’s music is easily approachable, both elegant and respecting form. This short “Divertissement” was originally for organ and is taken from his “24 Pieces in Free Style,” which was written between 1913-1914.