Rieg, Iris
Fire and Colour
Modern chorale harmonization and free improvisation
- Edition with text in German and English
- Methodical presentation of large-scale organ music in a broad range of styles
- Uncluttered modern layout with many music examples
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German, English
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Performance score
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ca. 468 S.
Iris Rieg’s two-volume method in organ improvisation consists of systematic exercises with the goal of achieving new harmonies in organ playing. Using extracts from works by well-known composers, she explains various options for free improvisation on chorale melodies and for providing more modern chorale harmonisations to accompany congregational singing.

With exercises and tips on every performance technique involved, she clearly explains what to look for when making stylistic copies in the manner of François Couperin, Max Reger, Jean Langlais and many other composers.

About the author:
Iris Rieg is a freelance concert organist, lecturer, author and church musician. She graduated from the music academies in Stuttgart, Detmold and Paris and now teaches at the University of Cologne and at the music school of the Cologne Cathedral Choir as well as running a busy private teaching practice.
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