Herchenröder, Martin
Toccata and Lament for organ
Edition no.
BA 11093
ISMN
9790006565269
Instrumentation of the work
Organ
Language(s) of text
German, English
Product format
Performance score
Instrumentation
Organ
Binding
Stapled
Pages / Format
19 S. - 30,0 x 23,0 cm
“Toccata and Lament” was composed on commission in 2008 to inaugurate the large new organ in the Christ Church Cathedral, Rochester, NY, USA. This instrument is a detailed reconstruction of a late Baroque organ of 1776 from Vilnius in Lithuania. The point of departure – a clash of contrasting eras and musical cultures on two continents – already bodes excitement. Martin Herchenröder, a composer and professor of music theory, has incorporated these contrasts in his roughly eight-minute composition. The result is a musical idiom of rare distinction, universal in its musical resources and alternating between tonal triads and extremely dissonant clusters. The heart of the piece is a dirge which, using the Baroque doctrine of the affections, relates to Eastern European cultural history in and around Vilnius, a history marked by the predations of 20th-Century war.

- Expressive and effective contemporary organ music
- Amalgam of musical traditions from the 18th to 21st Century
- Explanatory foreword by the composer (Ger/Eng)
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