Magazine article The American Organist

Jacques Boyvin: Four Suites from the Second Livre D'orgue

Magazine article The American Organist

Jacques Boyvin: Four Suites from the Second Livre D'orgue

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JACQUES BOYVIN: FOUR SUITES FROM THE SECOND LIVRE D'ORGUE. Kola Owolabi, organ. Organ of Saint-Maurice Abbey Church, Ebersmunster, Alsace, France (III/41 Johann Andreas Silbermann, 1731, subauthor sequent 18th-20th-century revisions, restoration by Richard Dott, Gaston Kern, Yves Koenig, 1997-98). Raven OAR-997. Available from Ravencd.com.

Toronto native Kola Owolabi is currently associate professor of organ at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. An active recitalist, he is also a published composer. He came across the organ works of Jacques Boyvin (ca. 1653-1706) while visiting a music store in Amsterdam.

Boyvin produced two Livres d'Orgue, each containing eight suites, one for each tone. The suites follow a similar pattern as those of de Grigny, Couperin, and others of the 17th- and 18th-century French Classic school. Boyvin's music displays qualities that are on a par with other music of the period, while maintaining its own distinctive character. It was recognized for its significance by major 18th-century critics. Yet Boyvin's works have rarely been recorded, and his name suffers greater obscurity than many of his contemporaries. Owolabi's recording of four suites from the second Livre d'Orgue, published in 1700, is a welcome response to this unfortunate lacuna. Owolabi considers the Suites du premier, troisieme, cinquieme, and huitiéme tons, presented here, to contain some of Boyvin's finest work. …

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