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L'Orgue Mystique

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Uploaded by: robcamfield (07/13/18)
Composer: Charles Tournemire
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Caen - St. Etienne Cavaillé Coll
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Liturgical
No.23 - In Ascensione Domini (L'Ascension) by Charles Tournemire.

Charles Tournemire began work on his large scale set of 51 suites for organ in 1927 after many years improvising at the weekly Mass upon the chant propers used at St. Clothilde, Paris. Beginning with the suites for Easter and Christmas, Tournemire began to present an eschatological portrayal of the mystery of redemp tion as it unfolds in the liturgical calendar. There followed suites for the feast of the Immaculate Concepti on and Pentecost.
Each suite of movements intends to meditate on the liturgy and its texts and uses a unique combinati on of modal and chroma tic harmony, representi ng the creator God and humankind. Each suite has five movements (excep t Holy Saturday), en titled Prélude à l’Introït, Offertoire, Élévation, Communion and Pièce Terminale which normally has a specific tltle. The 51 suites are divided into three cycles: Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. As the organ was not normally used during Advent or Lent, there are no suites for those Sundays.
The movements are based on one or several plainchant melodies. The Introit, Offertorio and Communio propers for Mass are used. An anti phon from Vespers is used for the third movement and the final movements use various chants from the day, hymn melodies and other recurring themes taken from the liturgical year.
Tournemire drew heavily for inspirati on from the fifteen volume work L’Année Liturgique by the first Abbot of Solemnes, Dom Prosper Guéranger. These volumes had been a gift from Joseph Bonnet who suggested that there was a need for a collecti on of works for the liturgical year based on Gregorian chant.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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