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Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral Ad nos, ad salutarem undam, S259
composer
1850; based on a theme from Meyerbeer's Le prophète of 1849; No 4 of Illustrations du Prophète, S414

Recordings
'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 10' (CDA67458)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 10
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Details
Part 1: Fantasy
Part 2a: Recitative – Adagio
Part 2b: Adagio – Allegro deciso
Part 3: Fugue

Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral Ad nos, ad salutarem undam, S259
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With ‘Ad nos’, organ music reached a plateau of heroic maturity on which it was subsequently joined by Liszt’s later works for organ, the massive chorale fantasias and other works of Max Reger (1873–1916), and works of such twentieth-century masters as Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992). From now on, organists were on a par with pianists and conductors; and the grand, C major statement of the chorale with which the work concludes may be taken as a celebration of the organist’s emancipation from the organ-loft and his acceptance as a concert as well as a church performer.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2004

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