St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney

Organ Recital Programs


Fridays 1.10pm - 1.40pm

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February 2006



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3rd February
John Aitchison (Organist, Randwick Presbyterian)

Messe pour les Paroisses - François Couperin (1668 - 1733)
(Mass for the Parishes)

Kyrie (five movements)

Gloria
(nine movements)


10th February
Sarah Kim (Organ Scholar, St James', King St)

Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor BWV 526 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

(i) Vivace (ii) Largo (iii) Allegro

Choral in A minor - César Franck (1822 - 1890)


17th February
David Kinsela (Sydney)

THE COMING OF THE CHRIST, PART ONE
Organ music of Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

I GOOD TIDINGS
1 Prelude in D major (prelude/fugue/adagio/postlude) 139
2 Canzona in G minor 173
3 Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist Now let us call the Holy Ghost 208

II OF HIS KINGDOM THERE SHALL BE NO END
4 Prelude in D minor (prelude/fugue/fantasy/fugue/toccata) 140
5 Chaconne in E minor 160

III SHE BROUGHT FORTH HER FIRST BORN
6 Magnificat primi toni My soul doth magnify the Lord 203
7 Es ist das Heil uns kommen her This is true healing come to us 186
8 Fugue in C major 174
9 Puer natus in Bethlehem A child is born in Bethlehem 217

Identification numbers BuxWV (Buxtehude Werke Verzeichnis)



24th February
John Wells (City Organist, Auckland, NZ)


THEME AND VARIATIONS - Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)

This was a bit of a find, really, being a work of excitement and variety from a composer (and country) not generally noted for substantial organ works. There is a short introduction, a theme and then eight variations, the last of which is a rattling good fugue. Bossi uses a satisfying range of colour, texture and dynamic, and develops the potential of the charmingly innocent theme to a surprising extent.


ARIA - Andrew Carter (b. 1939)

This short but exceptionally beautiful work was inspired by the von Beckerath organ in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was designed to showcase the instrument's Sesquialtera and English Horn. It is written in a baroque arioso style, rather reminiscent of Bach's Air on a G string.


FIFTH SUITE (for a meantone organ) - John Wells (b. 1948)

Fanfare - Fugue - Forlana interrotta - Fantasia - Finale

Written in 20th-century idioms for an organ tuned to a 16th-century system, the suite was commissioned for a railway enthusiast. Horns for trains, ships etc are tuned to a variety of intervals, but that of the augmented fourth is quite common. This, therefore, features at the very opening of the work and at various points throughout the five movements.

'Meantone' refers to an older system of tuning which limits the keys available to the composer. The music is completely effective on modern instruments, but tuning enthusiasts are welcome to purchase a copy, read the small print, find such an organ and try it out for themselves.

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