Marian Sawa (1937–2005) — Oremus (1982) for organ
in three movements:
"Oremus" was written in 1982 but not performed until 2009 at a Marian Sawa memorial concert at the F. Chopin Academy in Warsaw. The title is the Latin invocation to prayer ("Let us pray"), which appears twice in the traditional mass liturgy (once at the beginning, following the opening collect and following communion). The work is a free-form sonata in three movements: Maestoso, Adagio, and Vivace, which contain many contrasts of color, texture, and harmony.
Marian Sawa (1937–2005) was a Polish composer, organist, and teacher. As a famed specialist in organ improvisation, he taught the subject for many years at several conservatories, most notably the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He was a frequent member of organ competition juries throughout the world, and won numerous prizes himself for his compositions and recordings. With nearly 1000 pieces in many genres, Sawa was an extremely prolific composer, and his own instrument, the organ, looms very large in his output. Besides hundreds of solo organ pieces, there are many works for organ with instruments and voices, and five organ concerti. Like many composers in Eastern European countries, religious inspiration was behind much of his music. Sawa’s personal style draws upon the influence of Gregorian chant and Polish folk hymns and songs (even when they are not quoted directly), alongside both traditional and contemporary harmony.
Published by the Marian Sawa Society