Sigfrid Karg-Elert (born Oberndorf am Neckar, 21 Nov 1877; died Leipzig, 9 April 1933)
Op 65 No 10 Vom Himmel hoch from 66 Chorale Improvisations op 65.
Subtitled This is the Day that the Lord has made.
66 organ pieces composed between 1906 and 1908. They were first published in 1909 and dedicated to Alexandre Guilmant. Op 65 includes the well known Nun danket alle Gott.
Karg-Elert was a German composer and teacher whose most notable influences included Carl Reinecke, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Arnold Schoenberg, and Alexander Scriabin.
His favourite instrument to compose for was the Kunstharmonium, a versatile French creation that allowed him the range of colors he preferred. From 1924 he gave weekly radio harmonium recitals from his house. To see Karg-Elert's creativity and the flexibility and range of colours offered by the Kunstharmonium have a look at Opus 101. Musical portaits of 33 composers from Palestrina to Schönberg.
Opus 65 score;
The Late romantic composite from Augustine (AVO) combines the Orszagh Organ from Bakats square with the Rieger Organ from Kanta. The organ provides lots of nice Karg-Elert suitable colours from the opening solo on the 8ft Pileata to the crescendo at the end which is obtained just by opening both swell boxes.