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Sunday, March 2, 2014 4 pm to 5 pm
Organ Recital Series - Elmo Cosentini

Our organ recital series features some of the finest organists playing one of America's great organs. Our organist today is Elmo Cosentini. Suggested donation of $10.

About the Recitalist

Elmo Cosentini, born in Vienna, received his musical education at the University for Music of his home town earning several degrees (organ, piano, orchestral conducting, composition). Within his recital career as pianist and organist he appeared in Europe, the USA, South Africa, China, Australia and New Zealand; he played together with numerous orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. As a conductor he was employed by an Austrian opera house. Elmo Cosentini held lectures, master classes and workshops at various universities, conservatories and conventions and currently teaches at the University for Music where he earned a doctor's degree for his dissertation on Rachmaninoff's piano music.

Today's Program

Shortly before his death César Franck finished a set of organ pieces, named Trois Chorals, of which the last one in a minor holds a prominent position within the organ repertory. As a source to composition Franck’s formidable gift for improvisation can be observed throughout the work which – at the same time carefully elaborated – proves to be a late romanticism master piece.

Années de pèlerinage, a collection of piano pieces by Franz Liszt, contains one composition written for "piano-melodium", as indicated in the manuscript; not just because of its title that evokes ecclesiastical connotations, but of the vast possibilities of colours which enhance the simple yet beautiful piece, Angelus! Prière aux anges gardiens – within some details anticipating impressionism – is often performed at the organ.
Louis Vierne continued, refined and completed the French romantic organ tradition which Franck had founded decades earlier. As to be noticed within the 3ième Symphonie pour Orgue in five movements – I. Allegro maëstoso, II. Cantilène, III. Intermezzo, IV. Adagio and V. Final – Vierne definitely heads towards musical impressionism: especially the treatment of melodies, the harmonic language and the instrumentation (i.e. the use of stops at the organ) present new achievements.


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