March of the Lead Soldiers [Opus 14 No 6]
(Marche des petits soldats de plomb)
Henri Constant Gabriel Pierné (16 August 1863 – 17 July 1937) was a French composer, conductor, and organist.
Pierné was born in Metz in 1863. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire, gaining first prizes for solfège, piano, organ, counterpoint and fugue. He won the French Prix de Rome in 1882, with his cantata Edith. His teachers included Antoine François Marmontel, Albert Lavignac, Émile Durand, César Franck (for the organ) and Jules Massenet (for composition).
He succeeded César Franck as organist at Saint Clotilde Basilica in Paris from 1890 to 1898. Associated for many years with Édouard Colonne's concert series, the Concerts Colonne, from 1903, Pierné became chief conductor of this series in 1910.
His most notable early performance was the world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird, at the Ballets Russes, Paris, on 25 June 1910. He remained in the post until 1933.
(edited from wikipedia)
This composition was written for piano and is from his collection for young people: "Album pour mes petits amis, Op. 14."
I've done my own adaptation for the organ. It gives the listener a chance to hear some of the many "small colors" available on the Studio 80.... but watch out, it starts quiet but doesn't stay there!