Magazine article The American Organist

Trinitas

Magazine article The American Organist

Trinitas

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CHARLES TOURNEMIRE L'OEUVRE POUR ORGUE, VOL. 3; TRINITAS. Vincent Boucher, organist. Organ of l'Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal, Québec, Canada (IV/89 Casavant, Opus 615,1915, restored 1995). ATMA Classique ACD2 2472. Atmaclassique.com. For the third volume of his projected recordings of the complete organ works of Toumemire, Vincent Boucher focuses on the works centering on the Trinity. The tour de force of this program is the mammoth, magnificent Triple choral, Op. 41, of more than 22 minutes' duration. In his accompanying essay, Boucher explains that this work is the turning point in Tournemire's compositional career. Composed in 1910, at the end of the composer's first (of three) creative periods, the Triple Choral embodies all of the salient features that would become defining elements of Tournemire's style. It was his only organ work to be composed within a 25-year period. Tournemire's other output during this time consisted primarily of large-scale works for orchestra and the stage. Based on three original themes representing the three Persons of the Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-the work is dedicated "to the memory of my revered master, César Franck." Each theme evokes the contrasting aspects of character of the Godhead: the greatness of the Creator God, Christ who "rules the mighty rhythm of the worlds," and the "great display" of the Holy Spirit who is present in the creative and redemptive acts of Father and Son, communicating these to humankind. Replete with an emotional, spiritual, and dramatic impact formed from a multitude of musical gestures, this is a truly unique and compelling work. Henri Eymieux describes it as " ... a symbol of the Holy Trinity in a completely original form . . . one of the most remarkable compositions ever written for the organ."

Toumemire's next major contribution to the organ was his colossal essay on the entire liturgical year, L'Orgue mystique, Op. …

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