I’m really nervous and excited about my upcoming organ recital, which is less than three weeks away. I had 29 guests for my organ recital earlier this month. I was really pleased to have a mix of people from all three services, as well as guests who heard about the program via a listing in the local newspaper.
December’s 25- to 30-minute program has five pieces, four of which are brand new to me. While browsing through stacks of music I’ve collected over the years, I came to realize a while ago my limits in learning new music. In order to have old favorites, it’s necessary at some point to learn new ones! There are composers whose music I’ve barely touched due to an unfamiliar style or because they write incredibly difficult music. There’s both on this program.
The first two pieces by Dandrieu and Daquin are written in the post-Baroque Galant style. It’s just a glimpse at an almost forgotten era of music composition that connects the Baroque to the Classical eras. My refuge is in the Bach chorale prelude, which I’ve played for many years. The Dupré Magnificat is a soft and flowing piece with delicious modern harmonies. The Langlais is a triumphal piece that you are sure to hear me play again soon, perhaps on Easter Sunday 2019. Explore this new repertoire with me!
What, Where, and When
Organ Recital – First Methodist of Bella Vista, Arkansas
- Sunday, December 16, 2018, 12 Noon
- Monday, December 24, 2018, 6:55 p.m.
- Carillon ou Cloches – Jean-François Dandrieu
- Noël X pour Grand Jeu et Duo – Louis-Claude Daquin
- Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 – J.S. Bach
- Magnificat IV – Marcel Dupré
- Fête – Jean Langlais