Selected Organ Works. Vol.3: Arrangements based on Gregorian cantus firmi and Sacred Character Pieces (Urtext).


Composer: Guilmant F-A

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Guilmant Selected Organ Works III: Arrangements
Arrangements based on Gregorian cantus firmi and sacred character pieces

Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911) was organist at the Trinity Church in Paris and a professor at the Conservatoire.  His influence was widespread and an entire school was founded on his playing.

With their clear formal design and their manageable demands on technique, these pieces reflect Guilmant’s basic precept of creating works for church and concert performance.

Stylistically, they are noteworthy for their evocative and confessional mood and their straightforward, highly melodious workmanship.

The first four-piece cycle might be termed a “Gregorian Suite”; the second is a Christmas suite with Chorale, Magnificat and La Crêche.  The Trois Oraisons can be regarded as Guilmant’s swan-song: here the composer expressed his spiritual concerns, creating a transfigured idiom for the organ in a meditative and improvisatory vein while ingeniously blending Wagner’s tonal language with Lisztian intimacy.

– First scholarly-critical edition of Guilmant’s organ music

– Based on latest scholarly research. Includes previously unexplored sources

– Included in each volume is a detailed foreword (Fr/Eng/Ger), critical report (Ger) with an initial explanatory text (Fr/Ger/Eng), and catalogue of sources

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