Alexis Chauvet

20 Morceaux pour orgue

Ref.  PBM 18.94/40.05-SMF 19 05-03/2016
Price  38.00 €

Technical info
A volume 225 x 310 (landscape format). 124-page. Edition F. Sabatier et N. Bertrand. Presentation and Editorial notes in French, English.

Contents

Grand Chœur in C major, A 2 claviers in B flat major, Andantino in E major, A 2 claviers in F major, Largo in C major, Solo de clarinette, Grand Chœur in E flat major, Verse in D, Andantino in G major, Grand Chœur in G minor, Andantino in D minor, Grand Chœur in E flat major, Moderato “sur les fonds” in A major, Verse in A, Office des morts, Allegro moderato in B flat major, Verse in A, Andantino in B minor, Verse in C, Procession du Saint-Sacrement.

Summary

The pre-symphonic period which extends from Romanticism to the final years of the Second Empire still remains littleknown today when this almost seventy years’period is marked by a considerable expansion in organ buildings, and by the birth of a real school of virtuosos. The 20 Pieces, since they make up an essential milestone between Boëly’s still classical art and that of C. Franck; are the best music in adequacy with the French instrument in full transformation in the 1860s.

Alexis Chauvet

XV Études préparatoires aux œuvres de Bach

Ref.  PBM 19.94-SMF19 2013
Price  18.00 €

Technical info
A volume 230 x 310 (upright format). 30-page. Edition F. Sabatier. Presentation in French, English.

Summary

The XV Studies mark a particular stage in the great return to early music which began in France in the early 19th century. Chauvet proposes a tool intended for intellects still unprepared for the polyphonic character of the 18th century music, which he wants to lead smoothly to its perfect mastery.

Alexis Chauvet

9 Offertoires de caractères gradués pour l’Avent et le temps de Noël

Pièces diverses

Ref.  28.97/42.05-SMF19 05.04
Price  38.00 €

Technical info
A volume 225 x 310 (landscape format). 130-page. Edition F. Sabatier and N. Bertrand. Presentation and Editorial notes in French, English

Contents

[Untitled], Li a proun de gént, Or dites-nous Marie, Noël cette journée, À la venue de Noël, Chantons de voix hautaine, Une bergère jolie, Vous qui désirez sans fin, Grâce soit rendue au Dieu de la sus.

Various Pieces: Rentrée de procession, Offertory in G major, Offertory in D major, Elévation 1 in F major, Elévation 2 in D major, Offertory in A minor, Elévation ou Communion in A major; Prelude in G minor; Prelude in C, Elévation ou Communion in F major, Offertory in C major; 90 shorts Verses.

Summary

The 9 Offertories are related to a French tradition going back to the Livres d’Orgue in the 17th century. The pieces from the Musée de l’Organiste date from the same period and those from the 20 Pieces (1863). The most remarkable piece from this volume is the Prelude in G minor composed for the Cavaillé-Coll of the villa Maracci: this is one of Chauvet’s first works to be truly conceived in the Cavaillé-Coll aesthetic. As to the 90 Petits Versets, they were composed with a very functional aims and they offer the complete range of the writing possibilities of the time.

Reviews

Alexis Chauvet

20 Morceaux pour orgue

Ref.  PBM 18.94

“Considered by his contemporaries as one of the most brilliant organ composers, he published his 20 Pieces in 1862 just before Franck’s Six Pieces. Their popularity is evident in that they were reprinted in 1866, 1894 and 1896. A modern edition is long overdue.”
(Paul Hale, Organists’ Review, February 1996)

“The 20 Pieces are elegantly edited. The interest for these pieces is beyond all question. We wish this interesting publication a favourable issues.”
(J. Ferrard, Magazine de l’Orgue no. 9, June 1994)

“The 20 Pieces benefited of several editions and have been considered until the end of the 19th century as a major work. The music written by Chauvet deserves the best place, what the 20 Pieces proves.”
(L’Orgue no. 228, 4th quarter 1993)

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