"Suite Gothique, Op. 25 - Leon Boellmann"
recording time: 12 minutes 54 seconds.
Introduction - Choral
Great: Diapason Chorus (16', 8', 4', 2' & Mixture IV), Swell: Montre 8', Oboe 8', Grand Diapason 8', Melodia 8', Hautbois 8', all with 4' coupler. Pedal: Full pedal.
Great: Diapason Chorus plus Clarinet 8', Swell: Trompette 8', Montre 8', Oboe 8', Grand Diapason 8', Melodia 8', Hautbois 8', all with 4' coupler. Pedal: Full pedal.
Priere A Notre-dame
All Strings w/ Celestes, contrasted first with the Gedeckt 8' (tremulated).
Then the Hautbois 8' is contrasted with the Vox Humana 8', then the Tibia Clausa 8' makes an appearance, along with the 4' Tibia Flute. Pedal is just the Lieblich Gedeckt 16'.
Great: Diapason Chorus plus Oboe 8', Swell: Trompette 8', Montre 8', Oboe 8', Grand Diapason 8', Melodia 8', Hautbois 8', all with 4' coupler & Noli Tangere. Pedal: Full pedal, plus towards the end, the Swell to Pedal & Swell to Great couplers are added.
Full pedal is Gravissima 32', Montre 16', Subbass 16', Bourdon 16', Diapason 8', Montre 8', Bass Flute 8', Cello 8', Dolce 8', Octave 4', Posaune 16', Trumpet 16', Oboe 8'.
Boellmann was an early musical talent and was accepted in 1871 - 9 years old - at the Ecole Niedermeyer in Paris. His teachers included Eugene Gigout and Gustave Lefevre. After his graduation as organist and cantor, he was employed as organist of the choir organ in the St Vincent de Paul church in Paris in 1881. Six years later he became cantor and "organiste titulaire" of the main organ in the same church. He would work at the church until his untimely death, probably from tuberculosis.
After the death of his parents his uncle Eugene Gigout adopted him. Gigout helped him when he established a school for organ, improvisation, and Gregorian chorale. Boellmann wrote under a pseudonym for the magazine Art Musical. As pianist and organist he played all over Europe. His famous works include his Suite Gothique which is particularly well known because of the famous Toccata at the end of this organ suite.
Several things on this recording...this is the first recording where ALL 16' pedal stops are working pretty much correctly...Trevor got the 16' Trompette (12 note Schlicker 16' Trumpet extention of the Moller Trompette) winded correctly so that it now holds tune. Also the 16' Montre and 16' Posaune is used as well on this piece for the first time. And..the Tibia 8' and Vox Humana 8' make some choice appearances as well!
recorded via sequenced MIDI file on the Reuter opus #822 pipe organ, October 28, 2009
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