Lothar Graap (b. 1933) — Fantasie I, GWV 121 (1984) for organ
"Fantasie I" is one of Graap’s works in which the material is elaborated as a single movement block structure: contrasting small sections gradually develop the piece’s basic musical material through contrasting affects. In the case of this piece, the material is a theme (based on the interval of the tritone) presented at the beginning in the pedals.
Lothar Graap (b. 1933) is a German composer and church musician. Educated at the conservatory in Görlitz, his primary teachers were Eberhard Wenzel and Hans Schneider. He also studied with Helmut Bornefeld and Siegfred Reda. In 1954 he began a career as a professional church musician in Niemegk, and he pursued this work at several positions until his retirement in 1998 from Cottbus, where he had been cantor at the Klosterkirche. By the time of his retirement, he had performed and directed more than 1000 vespers services and concerts in Cottbus. Graap has composed more than 700 compositions in many forms, with a particular focus on organ and choral music.