With the approach of Veteran's Day on November 11th, I've been planning what I would upload to commemorate this great day. Of course this day results immediately from the end of World War One on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - Armistice Day - November 11, 1918.
I was thinking about playing "For the fallen" by Elgar, but, I can't find it, so, I thought perhaps an "elegy" would be good, perhaps "combined" with an heroic march from the time period. I haven't decided yet, but I found this by accident earlier today, and was just blown away by it.
"Sur une tomb...", which I believe translates as "On a tomb..." comes from Louis Vierne's "Douze Préludes", Op. 36 (NOT Op. 38) for piano solo. These works were written 1914-1915, and first published around 1821.
This one is not the right choice for Veteran's Day, but I found it tremendously moving.
I've heard many of Vierne's pieces, and all of them are intense. Some are beautiful, some are disconcerting, some are tortured, some are scary, but never have I heard one quite like this! Frankly, I didn't know that Vierne could compose in such a "diatonic", almost "folk-like" style.
Just from looking at it, I knew what it would be like, although the sweet "simplicity" of the harmonies surpassed by limited capabilities to "hear it" in my head.
This is not the "Tomb of the Resurrection" that Vierne has us stand before! This, in its love and heartbreak is the tomb of one who was very close to us. It is almost "too intimate" for us to be an "uninvited" mourner...
The organ at Metz seemed perfect for this, and I'm very pleased with the way it came out. Although Metz is an "old sample set", it, and Salisbury STILL top my list, and I hope that Milan will be doing more sample sets in the future.
The score is attached (for piano), and you will need to turn to page 40 (17) to find the music.