Herchenröder, Martin
Toccata and Lament for organ
Edition no.
BA 11093
ISMN
9790006565269
Language(s) of text
German, English
Product format
Performance score(s)
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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