The other Nielsen, with a truly ravishing, little known symphony written the year the Great War broke out. Poignant.
For fans and aficionados of Organ music, this is another wonderful discovery– not because organ lovers have never heard of Charles Tournemire, but because it is difficult to find a full set of his great musical cycle — L’Orgue Mystique– in one place. That is, until I discovered “The Mystical Organ” youtube channel:
“Charles Tournemire’s huge cycle L’Orgue Mystique (written 1927-1932) is a collection of two hundred and fifty-three works for the liturgical calendar of the Catholic church as it was in his time as Organiste Titulaire of the church of St Clothilde in Paris, from 1898 to his death in 1939 (his predecessors were Gabriel Pierné and César Franck; amongst his successors was Jean Langlais). They are all based on the Gregorian chant for the day.”
The following “from the Cycle de Noël, is the ‘Fantaisie’ for the end of Mass at Epiphany. Performed by Georges Delvallée on the 1880 Cavaillé-Coll organ (4/61, 72 ranks) in the Cathedral of Saint-Croix, Orléans.”
My recent discovery of many great but lesser-known composers from the turn of the century was very simply initiated by searching for the music of Josef Rheinberger, who had composed a Mass setting which was to accompany a Sunday liturgy. In browsing youtube for his music, I came across a channel called Unsung Masterworks. Eureka! I can’t recommend this youtube channel highly enough for those who are interested in freely exploring the state of classical music around the turn of the century. Perhaps the title Unsung Masterworks was meant ironically since most of the music posted was instrumental rather than vocal. But it was a treasure trove of great works by off-brand composers, nonetheless. This was the search that led to my discovery of Joachim Raff— whose Symphony 7 I posted yesterday– among many others.
Before moving on to posting some of these works by other composers, here is another of Raff’s seminal works, his Symphony 5, entitled “Lenore”.