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Cortège et Litanie, Op 19 No 2
composer
1922

Recordings
'Dupré: Organ Music' (CDD22059)
Dupré: Organ Music
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 3' (CDA66457)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 3
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Details
Track 5 on CDA66457 [6'37] Archive Service
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Cortège et Litanie, Op 19 No 2
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If the popular Cortège et Litanie, Op 19 No 2, composed in 1922, is typical of a savant composer skilled in giving formal shape to a piece in which two contrasted themes combine in a final peroration, its second theme also suggests a specifically Russian melodic motif. Parisian composers of Dupré’s generation had become familiar with Russian music, sacred as well as secular. Moreover, the expatriate Alexander Glazunov, who lived his later years in Paris, was a composer friend whose own organ Fantaisie of 1934 is dedicated to Dupré.

The Cortège et Litanie began as five pieces of incidental music requested by a playwright friend and originally written for small orchestra. Then, on one of his American tours, Dupré was overheard playing the piece privately on the piano and was encouraged by another friend, the American impresario Alexander Russell, to transcribe it for organ: ‘You have the time … on the railway journey. It’ll be superb!’ And so it was. Later, Dupré wrote the version for organ and orchestra which he first gave in America on the huge Wanamaker organ with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Stokowski.

from notes by Felix Aprahamian © 1998

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