News Archive: October 2007
David said: 'It is a great honour to be taking over artistic responsibility for the Festival at such an exciting time. The 2009 Festival will be the 25th and will also celebrate the restoration of the Harrison and Harrison organ in St Albans Cathedral. The organ competitions which are at the very heart of the Festival are recognised world-wide as the most prestigious of their kind and I look forward very much to keeping them so and to developing the profile of the Festival.'
The International Organ Festival was founded in 1963 by Peter Hurford. Its combination of competitions and music festival is unique. Among winners of the Interpretation Competition are the internationally renowned Gillian (now Dame Gillian) Weir (1964) and Thomas Trotter (1979).
David Titterington succeeds Andrew Lucas, Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral, who directed the Festivals from 2001 to 2007.
The Danish Cultural Institute in Edinburgh celebrates its 50th anniversary on 1 November 2007 with a beautiful recital at St. Giles Cathedral followed by a private view held at the Institute.
Recital by the Danish Trio consisting of Jens Christian Wandt, tenor; Jesper Juul, trombone soloist in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra; and Jakob Lorentzen, organist and cantor at the Church of Holmen, Copenhagen. When: 1 November 2007, 5pm (Admission Free - no tickets required) Where: St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
The trio presents a recital featuring works by:
· Felix Alexandre Guilmant
· Niels Wilhelm Gade
· Johan Sebastian Bach
· Edward Elgar
· George Bizet
The Danish Cultural Institute
3 Doune Terrace
Edinburgh EH3 6DY
10.30am registration and coffee
11am-1pm introductory lecture and recital.
While the most obvious Italian influence on Buxtehude's music is found in his vocal works, he was clearly conversant with the works of Frescobaldi and other Italian composers, as well as with those of German organists such as Hassler, Froberger and Kerll who studied in Italy. Buxtehude knew Weckmann, who, in turn, had known Froberger. The question of tuning and temperament will be touched on; Buxtehude counted Werckmeister among his friends and the current vogue for assuming all N. German organs remained in meantone at this period will be discussed.* Questions of transposition will be raised. (Was Praeludium f# (146) originally written in d?) demonstration recital TO INCLUDE:
EXCERPTS FROM FRESCOBALDI FIORI MUSICALI
BUXTEHUDE: MIT FRIED UND FREUD CONTRAPUNCTUS I AND EVOLUTIO
G: GABRIELI: RECERCAR SETTIMO & OTTAVO TONO
BUXTEHUDE Ciaccona e (160) CANZONA d (168), PRAELUDIUM g (163) TOCCATA G
(165) transposed to F
Own arrangements for lunch.
2.30-5.30pm masterclass (with tea break)
Suggested works: Frescobaldi esp. Fiori musicali, Froberger Toccatas, canzonas.
BUXTEHUDE: esp. manualiter works CANZONA d (168), PRAELUDIUM g (163)
TOCCATA G (165)
Pedaliter: PRAELUDIUM in C (137), PRAELUDIUM d (140) PRAELUDIUM f# (146)
Christopher Stembridge, who contributed the chapter on Italy to the Cambridge Companion to the Organ, was statutory lecturer in music at University College Cork.
He moved to Italy where he taught at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena and Scuola S. Cecilia, Brescia. Recent work includes a guest professorship in harpsichord at the Gnesin Academy, Moscow. Apart from various master-classes in Italy and Germany he has this year been teaching, coaching and performing in Kyiv and Tallinn and Yerevan. His special field of interest is Italian keyboard music of the renaissance and early baroque. His articles on interpreting Frescobaldi appeared in the last two numbers of the Organ Year Book. He has edited the complete keyboard music of Mayone and de Macque and an edition in open score of the Fiori musicali.
He is currently preparing the new Bärenreiter edition of Frescobaldi (organ and keyboard music.) for which he was recently awarded the Noah Greenberg Prize by the American Musicological Society.
Full price for the day: £30. Students £10.
Christopher Stembridge will give a recital of works by Buxtehude in Clare College Chapel on Sunday November 18th at 5.30pm (this is separate from the CAOS event).
Where? All Saints' Haslingfield, Nr. Cambridge
When? Saturday 20th October from 9am - 9 pm
For what? Much needed loos in the church - a matter of great convenience to us all !
Target £70,000/£27,000 raised so far
Can you help? Half hour slots available through the day for you to play whatever you wish - refreshments provided (but not yet loos)! Bring your friends/families to see the notable features of this large mediaeval church, consecrated in 1352.
Come and play this historic organ (J.C. Bishop 1846, Peter Bumstead 2001), which was recorded as part of the BIOS Historic Organ Sound Archive (www.bios.org.uk - click on HOSA). For full details see NPOR, search by index number C00877.
Contact José Hopkins Tel: 01223 872190
Monday, 29th October at 7.30pm
THE BROMPTON ORATORY
Final recital of the annual October Organ Recitals
LANGLAIS: Rhapsodie Gregorienne
BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in F# minor, BuxWV146
FRESCOBALDI: Toccata per il Elevazione
BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV149
REGER: Introduction & Passcaaglia in F minor
LANGLAIS: Cantique (from Folkoric Suite)
LANGLAIS: Feux d'Artifice (Fireworks)
REGER: Benedictus, Op.59 No.9
The Town Hall also features in BBC TV Midlands 'Inside Out' programme to be broadcast on Wed 3 October at 7.30pm, BBC1.