M. Herchenröder: Toccata And Lament For Organ

Books | Organ

Publisher: Bärenreiter
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album

Toccata and Lament was composed on commission in 2008 to inaugurate the large new organ in the Christ Church Cathedral, Rochester, NY, USA. This instrument is a detailed reconstruction of a late Baroque organ of 1776 from Vilnius in Lithuania. The point of departure – a clash of contrasting eras and musical cultures on two continents – already bodes excitement. Martin Herchenröder, a composer and professor of music theory, has incorporated these contrasts in his roughly eight-minute composition. The result is a musical idiom of rare distinction, universal in its musical resources and alternating between tonal triads and extremely dissonant clusters. The heart of the piece is a dirge which, using the Baroque doctrine of the affections, relates to Eastern European cultural history in and around Vilnius, a history marked by the predations of 20th-Century war.

  • Expressive and effective contemporary organ music
  • Amalgam of musical traditions from the 18th to 21st Century
  • Explanatory foreword by the composer (Ger/Eng)

ISBN: 9790006565269
Skill Level: Advanced Explain this
Published on: 26 July 2018
No of pages: 19
Catalogue No: BA11093

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