Andreas Willscher (b. 1955) — The Nativity at Greccio (from Momenti Francescani) (2016) for organ
"Momenti Francescani" (15 Franciscan Moments) (2016) is a set of musical meditations for organ on scenes and stories from the life of St. Francis of Assisi (ca. 1181–1226) and his friends and early followers. Most of the stories and images are taken from the Fioretti di San Francesco (Little Flowers of St. Francis).
“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad before the Lord, that he is come.” (Offertory for Christmas)
“I have been personally present in the church of my venerable father, St. Francis, and with the ears of my body and those of my spirit have heard all the Office, and the sounds of the organ.” (Fioretti XXXV)
German composer and organist Andreas Willscher (b. 1955) studied composition, theory, and organ in his native 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 works are very diverse, ranging from large-scale post-tonal pieces to some that blend elements of the traditional repertoire with contemporary jazz and pop influences. In addition to his own composition and performing activities, Willscher has published a number of literary and scientific articles in journals and encyclopedias and has been very active in collecting and preserving lost and forgotten music from earlier eras. In 2015, in honor of his 60th birthday and life’s work as a musician, he was awarded the Johann Wenzel Stamitz Prize from the Arts Guild of Esslingen.
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag (butz-verlag.de)