Organ Antiphons (Besset, Julian Raoul)

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Solo Organ

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Misc. Notes Ideally, this piece was composed for paired organs, i.e. two instruments not so dissimilar as to favour one over the other, a situation that is practically non-existent, which is why the composer had in mind a setup whereby the regular church organ might be opposed to a virtual organ of comparable strength and versatility.
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General Information

Work Title Organ Antiphons
Alternative. Title Antiphonic Calisthenics
Composer Besset, Julian Raoul
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2014
First Publication. 2016
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 1 organ, 2 organs

Misc. Comments

  • These antiphons, or rather antiphonies, have no religious bearing. They are more exercises in 'give and take' harmonic exchanges between the organ keyboards than a psalmodic melodic exchange. Accordingly, the performer should alternate between keyboards as often as possible, without these shifts being expressively indicated in the score. The fourth number, for two organs, represents an expansion of the process,
  • No.1 composed after nos.2-4, quite rapidly, but placed before on the spur of the moment, in an 'inspirational' manner (whatever that may mean), when working on editing the whole series. The initial series composed in 2014, revised May 2016. As usual, the revisions are not mere editing adjustments, but involve a good deal of note shifting and adding (rather than suppressing). This practice applies more particularly to the third piece, for which a sentimental seven measure refrain was added in places. The last piece for 2 organs was left incomplete in 2014. A finalized version was completed on 4th of July 2016.