commentary to opus 97f
Ad Missam for 2 Organs, opus 97f (1993)
Duration: 15 MinutesPublisher: Schott Music ED 21268 / ISMN 979-0-001-17980-5
missam for 2 Organs is a commission for Salzburg Cathedral Music, intended
expressly for the two organs in the crossing of the Cathedral (each has a so-called
short octave in the pedal). Conceived as a quasi organ proper for the mass, the
Halleluja uses the version found in Gotteslob, 530,1.
Musica sacra, March/April,
present organ work with the movements "Introitus, Halleluja, Offertorium,
Communio, Ite missa est" is a brilliant widening of the very narrow repertoire
for 2 organs. The composer employs both instruments very cleverly from the organist's
point of view and convincingly in terms of the resulting sound. Since the degree
of difficulty of the composition lies around easy to medium difficulty, this very
effective work is most heartily recommended to all lovers of music for 2 organs.
The only bit of bad news concerning this brilliant composition is that 2 organs
with independent pedals are required.