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Toccata 'Nu la oss takke Gud'
'Now thank we all our God'

'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 1' (CDA66121)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 1
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Toccata 'Nu la oss takke Gud'
Norwegian church-music composer Egil Hovland, born near Oslo in 1924, has produced a large body of works for the organ, encompassing a wide range of styles and compositional techniques. His output also includes church music and several multimedia sacred dramatic works. His teachers included Holmboe, Copland and Dallapiccola. The Toccata ‘Now thank we all our God’ presents the lines of the chorale in canon between the outer parts, while the brilliant manual figuration alternates three distinct musical ideas. The choppy alternating chords of the final page gradually become note clusters, bringing the piece to a whirlwind conclusion.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 2004

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66121 track 10
Recording date
27 January 1984
Recording venue
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Organ Fireworks, Vol. 1 (CDA66121)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: April 1986
    Deletion date: February 2009
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