Amédée Reuchsel (1875-1931, roughly like Vierne) was a French organist and kapellmeister in Paris. Not to be confounded with his son, Eugene Reuchsel, a concert pianist who also composed for the organ (Promenades en Provence, etc.).
The Postlude Festival was composed around 1905. Two mysteries about it :
- the title, which is meaningless in French and would be Festival Postlude if it intended to be in English ;
- the second theme : it sounds very British, quasi elgarian, and well-known. Thanks to anybody who can tell which tune it is !
The Postlude itself is a French toccata, very similar in form to the final from Guilmant's 1st sonata :
exposition of the toccata (d minor)
second theme, piano, hymn-like
build-up and rexposition of the toccata
second theme on the tutti
short conclusion with the toccata in D major.