Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ars Organi

Last Friday, 26 September, an organ concert to celebrate the life and artistry of Dr. Rudolph Kremer was presented by Dr. Robert Parris at Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Kremer was the chairman of organ instruction, professor, and University Organist of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1964 to 1995. He was known as a compelling performer on organ and harpsichord, an accomplished scholar and composer, and a gifted teacher, who touched countelss lives during his career, including the recitalist, Dr. Parris.

Parris gave a very nice, and very fitting tribute to Kremer with his program. Even his notes (as well as the music he chose) were almost biographical in scope, hitting on the highlights of Kremer's career, in addition to giving the audience a taste of Kremer's artistry and personality.

With that, the program.

  • From Il secondo libro di toccate, canzone ... 1637 (Girolamo Frescobaldi)
    • Toccata prima
    • Toccata settima

  • Two works from the Leipzig Chorales (Johann Sebastian Bach)
    • O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (BWV 656)
    • Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (BWV 655)

  • Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major (BWV 552; Bach)

  • Sonata for Organ (1968 - 1972; Rudolph Kremer)
    • Moderately
    • Slow
    • Lively

  • La Nativité (Jean Langlais)

  • Sonata on the 94th Psalm (Julius Reubke)
    • Grave
    • Larghetto – Allegro
    • Adagio
    • Allegro


John C. Fowler said...

Stan Kann, the organist at the Fox Theater in St. Louis, died last week. The news stations gave him a lot of coverage.

I bet you would be impressed with the organ there. It's pretty big.

Lyn F. said...

I will admit that I haven't heard of Mr. Kann. Looking him up revealed he was a Theatre Organist.

I'll have to admit it's not exactly my cup of tea, but it can sound quite impressive if played well.

If you have a look at one of my earlier posts, I did visit an organ (5-manual Rufatti) that had theatre stops, and the organist there, Monty Bennett, can make some wonderful music on that instrument.

It would just swallow me up.