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Trois Nouvelles pièces, Op 87

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New in composition, old in language, ancient in mood, the Trois nouvelles pièces Op 87 (1934) were the swansong testament of a ninety-year old. Varyingly diatonic, chromatic, modal … organistic, pianistic, vocal … lyric, muscular, ‘undaunted by modern trends’—Varèse, Messiaen (both his students), the Second Viennese School, Stravinsky, Bartók, America’s jazzmen—showing ‘a mind still fertile with ideas and artistic sensitivity’ (Near), they were dedicated to three of the composer’s American disciples—Riemenschneider, Charlotte Lockwood (Fontainebleau) and Frederick C Mayer (organist of the West Point Cadet Chapel, 1911-54). The movement titles veer away from the formalistic into a more diffuse associations: I Classique d’hier (Yesterday’s classical). E minor, Moderato. II Mystique (Mystical). D flat major, Andante. III Classique d’aujourd’hui (Today’s classical). D minor, Moderato-Andante. The closing ‘running’ toccata-style motion of the third is echt Widor, its lingering tierce de picardie ‘amen’ an incensed, candle-waxed farewell to sixty years of music-making.

from notes by Ates Orga © 2016

Recordings

Widor: Solo Organ Works
SIGCD438Download only 7 July 2017 Release
Hyperion monthly sampler - August 2017
HYP201708Download-only sampler 28 July 2017 Release
Widor: Symphony No 5
CDH55144

Details

No 1: Classique d'hier
Track 7 on HYP201708 [5'34] Download-only sampler 28 July 2017 Release
Track 7 on SIGCD438 CD1 [5'34] Download only 7 July 2017 Release
No 2: Mystique
Track 8 on SIGCD438 CD1 [4'27] Download only 7 July 2017 Release
Track 6 on CDH55144 [4'35]
No 3: Classique d'aujourd'hui
Track 9 on SIGCD438 CD1 [3'52] Download only 7 July 2017 Release

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