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Expressions 9 + 10

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Uploaded by: gooseh (09/28/16)
Composer: Langlais, Jean
Sample Producer: Augustine's Virtual Organs
Sample Set: Klais Organ of Szikszó
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Jean Langlais was approached to write a music book containing pieces in that were relatively easy for use in both catholic and protestant church services. He agreed and wrote 15 works. He chose his student, Naji Hakim to also write 15 works.

Langlais' works are relatively easy and characteristic of his style. Someone should have told Hakim about the need to be playable...

The pieces were designed to lead into the next, allowing an organist to play for as long or as short as needed. They were written "in an impressionistic/twentieth century harmonic style" (Publisher's forward).

I really like Langlais' pieces in this book. But two that stick out to me are 9 and 10. 9 is almost mystical. Requiring a solo Bourdon, the Klais organ here shows off its beautiful Rohrfloete on the Great. 10 is in 6/8 time and calls for 8 + 4 foundations. I use all the 8 + 4 flutes as well as principals the Klais has to offer. It is a marked contrast to number 9.

Hope you enjoy these wonderful pieces. Mr Symphonic's youtube channel contains all 15 of Langlais' works and they are certainly worth checking out.

Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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