Andreas Willscher (b. 1955) — Toccata (2007) for organ
Andreas Willscher (b. 1955) studied composition, theory, and organ in Hamburg. In 1971 he was appointed organist of the St. Francis Church in Hamburg and in 2000 at the church of St. Joseph-Wandsbek. In addition, he has been keyboardist for several jazz and rock ensembles. Willscher has received many awards and commissions for his compositions, which range widely in form: from symphonic music and oratorios to cabaret and rock scores. His organ style blends elements of the traditional repertoire with contemporary jazz and pop influences.
Andreas Willscher has edited a number of “genre based” anthologies of past repertoire for Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag (toccatas, meditations, scherzos, etc.), and in each volume he contributes a new piece of his own. This harmonic progression in the outer sections of this little toccata clearly owe something to the famous Widor example, but re-imagined in a pop-minimalist context.
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Toccaten in der Orgelmusik” (http://www.butz-verlag.de