Festive organ sounds at the end of the year

Festive organ sounds at the end of the year

After a three-year break, the congregation of the martin luther church in lichtenfels had again invited to a new year's eve concert. Three hours before the end of the year, church music director klaus bormann delighted his listeners in the well-filled house of worship at the hey organ with festive sounds for the turn of the year.

The musical end of the year was opened by probably the most famous organ piece in the world, the toccata and fugue in d minor by johann sebastian bach. The composition consists of three sections: a toccata, i.E. A prelude of fast runs and full chords, and an ensuing four-part fugue, which in turn leads into a concluding section that resumes the improvisatory character of the beginning. The work is often quoted in film music and in pieces of popular music up to computer games.

With the arrival of the queen of saba klaus bormann sang a virtuoso organ piece by georg friedrich handel. It is written in orchestral style and leads the second act of the opera "solomo" a.

The queen of saba is a biblical figure who was born in the 10th century. The first organist is said to have made a journey to the court of king salomon in jerusalem in the sixteenth century before christ, after she had learned of the wisdom of king salomon. She arrives at his court in jerusalem to inspect the goods. Overwhelmed by what she sees, she gives him "a hundred and twenty talents of gold and a great deal of spices and precious stones".

Listeners were challenged

By paul gebauer, the composer of the christmas prelude "silent night, is little known. Church music director bormann had put it on the program because the well-known christmas carol was first sung 200 years ago. The romantic stucco uses the melody of the christmas classic and starts with a wide spread prelude in 6/8 time. Characteristic is that the melody voice is played over and over again almost like birdsong and finally ends softly and playfully.

The piece by karl hoyer, which klaus bormann sang, had a christmas theme. For the composer artfully wove together the chorale "vom himmel hoch" ("from heaven on high") and "daughter of zion with each other and thus created a new work that required good listening to recognize the melodies.

The same principle was used by felix alexandre guilmant, who wrote a paraphrase of a choral movement from "judas maccabau" by georg friedrich handel and a variation on the chorale "tochter zion, freue dich"!" Created. The piece begins quietly with the original movement by handel and becomes a roughly expansive fugue, which increases more and more.

The concert ended before midnight with a french bravura piece: toccata by theodor dubois. Fast runs alternated with a calm middle part and provided thereby for a festive musical end of the year.

The auditorium applauded the performances of the church music director.

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