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Élévation ou Communion in E major, Op 13

composer
1859; dedicated to Alexis Chauvet

 
The Élévation ou Communion in E major, Op 13, was dedicated to one of Saint-Saëns’ friends, Alexis Chauvet, whom the composer helped secure his old position at St Merry in 1863. Whilst it survives in an early manuscript that may date from as early as 1856 (Bonnerot gives 1859) it was not published until its inclusion in a volume by Canaux et Maeyens-Couvreur in 1865. There remains the possibility that it originated as a now-lost motet for upper voices though by the time of its publication it was on two staves and carried the indication ‘2 Claviers et Pédale’. The work clearly enjoyed a certain success and was republished by Durand in separate versions for organ and harmonium in 1880 and in Saint-Saens’ own transcription for piano solo in 1886.

from notes by Andrew-John Smith © 2012

Saint-Saëns dédia son Élévation ou Communion en mi majeur op. 13 à son ami Alexis Chauvet, qu’il aida à préserver son vieux poste à Saint-Merry, en 1863. Cette œuvre ne nous a été conservée que dans un manuscrit ancien, datant peut-être de 1856 (1859, dit Bonnerot), mais elle parut seulement en 1865, dans un volume de Canaux et Maeyens-Couvreur. Il se peut aussi qu’elle ait d’abord été un motet, aujourd’hui perdu, pour voix supérieures, même si elle parut sur deux portées avec l’indication «2 Claviers et Pédale». Elle connut manifestement un certain succès et Durand la fit reparaître dans des versions séparées pour orgue et pour harmonium, en 1880, puis dans la transcription pour piano solo réalisée par Saint-Saëns en 1886.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew-John Smith © 2012
Français: Hypérion

Recordings

Saint-Saëns: Organ Music, Vol. 3 – La Madeleine, Paris
Studio Master: CDA67922Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA67922 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-92207
Duration
6'06
Recording date
28 May 2009
Recording venue
La Madeleine, Paris, France
Recording producer
Michael Hedley
Recording engineer
Dick Koomans
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