Louis Vierne (1870-1937) was a French organist and composer. Vierne was born on 8th October 1870. He was born nearly blind and showed an early aptitude for music. Like Gabriel Fauré, he was an assistant to the organist Charles-Marie Widor at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, and from 1900 was principal organist at Notre-Dame de Paris. Vierne was considered one of the greatest musical improvisers of his generation, although most of his works were never written down.