In this Ave Verum Corpus, composed in the first half of the 1880s, Eugène Gigout alternates homophonic and polyphonic parts. The long development of Ô Jesu dulcis particularly highlights the melodic line of the tenors.
The organ, with the exception of the introduction and bars 21 to 26, doubles the voices. So this music can also be sung a cappella.
Eugène Gigout (1844-1925) is one of the most famous organists of the late 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. Composer, he wrote many motets and was deeply involved in the re-use of plain-chant in harmonized choral music.