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Orgelmesse: Kyrie (2nd Movement)

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Uploaded by: MusicSmith (12/30/20)
Composer: Ahrens, Joseph
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Laurenskerk - Main Organ - 1973 Marcussen & Son
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Modern
Description:
I had only been playing organ for a few months when I found a long list of organ composers online. I saw Joseph Ahrens at the top of the list, so I looked up some recordings of his music. The opening of the Introitus immediately resonated with me and inspired me to learn the entire mass. Ahrens's use of early styles of counterpoint and chant in his liturgical music drew me to a deep appreciation for his music.

Ahrens expresses the words of the Kyrie through rhythm and melodic contour. The opening melody could easily be sung to the words "Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie eleison."
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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