Camille Saint-Saëns: Prelude to Le Déluge Opus 45
Prelude to Le Déluge Opus 45
Arranged by Alexander Guilmant,
edited by David Patrick
Fitzjohn Music Publications, £5:50 + p&p
This is the latest publication from Fitzjohn Publications, who have made an enviable reputation in bringing out in scholarly, easy-to-read and inexpensively well-produced editions much worthwhile music from a variety of composers which for one reason or another has been unjustly neglected.
Camille Saint-Saëns’ Le Déluge is an oratorio on the Biblical subject of the Flood, written in 1875 for soloists, chorus and orchestra. It made a strong impression when it was first heard in Paris in March of the following year. Saint-Saëns’ friend and contemporary, Alexander Guilmant, originally transcribed the prelude to the work as an organ solo for a three-manual instrument. In this new edition, David Patrick has produced a version of Guilmant’s arrangement for two manuals, with suggestions for registration. The result has been to bring this (approximately) six minute work, of nobly restrained character, within the reach of all organists. It is not difficult, and would make a striking and little-known addition to any programme. The printing and presentation, as with all editions from this publishing house, is very clear.