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Program

Richard Spotts

MAY 29TH 2019 12:30pm - 1:15 pm
All Saints Anglican Church - Toronto

L’Orgue Mystique by Charles Tournemire

CHARLES TOURNEMIRE’S L’Orgue Mystique represents a pivotal point in the history of liturgical organ music. This recondite magnum opus, composed 1927-1932, comprises two-hundred-fifty-three movements written for the Mass. Fifteen hours in duration, this epic work employs over three-hundred chants both as an act of devotion and as musical exegesis based upon the chant libretto with the goal of celebrating fifty-one Sundays and Liturgical Feasts throughout the Church Calendar.

Although today shrouded in popular obscurity, Tournemire was a seminal musical influence of the twentieth century, particularly in the realm of sacred music. Born in Bordeaux in 1870, Tournemire, who was a student of César Franck and Charles Marie Widor, was organist of the Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris from 1898 until his death in 1939 where he was known as an improviser extraordinaire. He produced an enormous compositional output of incredible profundity. His greatest work, the magnum opus L’Orgue Mystique, transformed the sound of the organ world, hearkening to the past with its use of Gregorian Chant and yet welcoming it into modernity with its innovative mystical sonorities.

Today’s recital represents a work in progress. Organist Richard Spotts, a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, has set out to perform and educate the public of this seminal work, with the ultimate goal of performing the complete fifteen-hour cycle in a recital series over a period of ten days. Mr. Spotts has given recitals at cathedrals, universities, and parishes throughout the United States and Canada and is writing a book on the subject.

XXX. Dominica V post Pentecosten
    Pièce Terminale: Alléluia No II

Op. 57, No. 30

XLVI. Dominica XIX post Pentecosten
    Pièce Terminale: Choral Alléluiatique No IV

Op. 57, No. 46

XV. Lætare: Dominica IV in Quadragesima
    Pièce Terminale: Postlude-Fantaisie

Op. 56, No. 15

XXXII. Dominica VII post Pentecosten
    Pièce Terminale: Alléluia No IV

Op. 57, No. 32

XXXVIII. Dominica XII post Pentecosten
    Offertoire: Precatus est Moyses

Op. 57, No. 38

XLII. Nativitas Beatæ Mariæ Virginis
    Pièce Terminale: Prélude et Louanges

Op. 57, No. 42

XXXV. In Assumptione Beatæ Mariæ Virginis
    Pièce Terminale: Paraphrase-Carillon

Op. 57, No. 35

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