Magazine article The American Organist

Toccata Mauritiana

Magazine article The American Organist

Toccata Mauritiana

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TOCCATA MAURITIANA, Peter Planyavsky. Döblinger 02 503. $19.37. Doblinger.at. Peter Planyavsky's long career began with organ study with Anton Heiller at the age of twelve and has included some organbuilding, conducting, com- position, teaching, and recording. In 2014, he wrote the Toccata Mauritiana as a compulsory piece for the organ competition in St. Maurice, Switzerland. According to Döblinger, the thematic material comes from the Gregorian hymn "O locum cultu potiore dignum" for Morning Prayer on the feast of St. Mauritius, where, I assume, the name of the Toccata comes from.

The work is difficult and is obviously meant to challenge the capabilities of those in the competition. The toccata is to be played freely with some scale-like passages meant to be played at an increasingly rapid tempo. …

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