Magazine article The American Organist

Symphony, Suite, Sonata for Organ

Magazine article The American Organist

Symphony, Suite, Sonata for Organ

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SYMPHONY, SUITE, SONATA FOR ORGAN. Stephanie Nofax, organist. Organ of the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Toledo, Ohio (IV/77 Skinner Opus 820, 1930). Grotto Productions GP0012. Assumptiongrotto.com; phone: 313372-0762. This marvelous recording offers felicitous discoveries of both music and performer, presented on a beautiful instrument in a gratifying acoustic. The recording was made using the Aachen Head(TM). Developed for the Mercedes-Benz company, it is a binaural transducer that correctly reproduces human hearing. The result is a natural, realistic sound. Auguste Fauchard (1881-1957) was a priest and musician in Laval, France. He studied with Guilmant, Vierne, and d'lndy. His four-movement Symphony No. 1 for Organ was published in 1952. While it is replete with echoes of Vierne, to whom it is dedicated, it is by no means derivative. It contains an abundance of alluring melodies and harmonies framed by solid formal structures, giving it a quality of substance that equals or excels some better-known works of its genre.

Lode Van Dessel (1909-93) was born near Mechelen, Belgium, where he studied at the Lemmens Institute. Flor Peeters was one of his teachers. He was active in various areas of church music and education in Belgium before immigrating to the United States in 1947. He was organist and choirmaster of St. Aloysius Parish in Detroit from 1949 until 1971, after which he returned to Belgium. His Cyclical Suite contains a six-note sequence that appears in each of its five movements. Each movement presents a contrasting style: Preambulum, Fugue, Intermezzo/ Scherzo, Elegie, and Fantasia and Chorale (the only movement to be published by H.W. Gray in 1960). Van Dessel's style reflects his Belgian heritage, with touches of Hindemith and a late-Romantic French flavor. This solidly composed, ingratiating music is heard here in its first complete recording. …

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