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Trois Nouvelles pièces, Op 87


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 Ateş Orga © 2016


Widor: Solo Organ Works
Studio Master: SIGCD438Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Widor: The Complete Organ Works
SIGCD596Download only
Widor: Symphony No 5


No 1: Classique d'hier
Track 7 on SIGCD438 CD1 [5'34] Download only
Track 7 on SIGCD596 CD7 [5'34] Download only
No 2: Mystique
Track 6 on CDH55144 [4'35]
Track 8 on SIGCD438 CD1 [4'27] Download only
Track 8 on SIGCD596 CD7 [4'27] Download only
No 3: Classique d'aujourd'hui
Track 9 on SIGCD438 CD1 [3'52] Download only
Track 9 on SIGCD596 CD7 [3'52] Download only

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