Eugène Gigout (1844-1925) was better known as an organist than as a composer. As organist, he held the prestigious post at Saint-Austin Church in Paris for 62 years. Gigout wrote a large body of music for solo organ, but his output also included piano, harmonium, choral and orchestral works. He was also one of the most influential teachers of his day, counting among his students, Fauré, Roussel and Boëllmann,.
When the great composer/organist Alexandre Guilmant died in 1911, Gigout was appointed to succeed him at the Paris Conservatory as professor of organ and composition. In his later years, Gigout remained active as a composer right up to his final days.
When Gigout published his 6 Pièces d’orgue in 1881, the Grand Choeur Dialogue served as a grandiose finale to the collection, written very much in the French Romantic style. In this OSA arrangement, it is set for organ and brass.