Johan Adam Krygell (18 september 1835 in Næstved – 27 July 1915 in Copenhagen) was a Danish organist and composer. His father was the regimental musician by lansener Regiment in Næstved. As a young man were Krygell trained as a painter, but at the same time he worked as a dance musician. Due to illness he had to give up painting craft and then devoted himself entirely to music. He took lessons and was employed as an organist in 1863 by the boarding school at Herlufsholm. He studied with. Niels w. Gade, Gotfred Matthison-Hansen and J.P.E. Hartmann. In 1874, he received a scholarship and went on a study trip in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. On the journey he met Liszt in Rome. From 1880 until his death he was organist of St. Matthew's Church in Copenhagen. In addition to his written compositions, he was highly praised for his improvisations. He emerged during his time as the personification of the romantic organ artist, but since he is more or less gone into oblivion.
I'm currently planning on playing the complete organ works of Niels Gade, so, when I came across this work, the subject of which is G-A-D-E, I thought it looked pretty cool.
Over the years, at almost all services in the synagogue, I "practice" or "learn" pieces during the sermon. Silently, of course! Well, this was the origin of this piece, which I learned during the late service on the day of Rosh Hashanah. Before that time, I had never played or heard it.
I have to say that I am PARTICULARLY PLEASED & PROUD of this upload for the following reasons:
1) I learned it without hearing it
2) I learned it in about 30 minutes
3) this recording is the FIRST TAKE - and the first time I'm hearing it!
It's a rather interesting piece, and Krygell uses the name (GADE) to produce some interesting harmonies and textures.
The score is attached, and you can find several other interesting looking works by the same composer, here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Krygell,_Johan_Adam