At his diploma concert, he will employ three hundred years of musical literature in order to demonstrate the organ's versatility and show the important stages in the developmental history of the centuries-long tradition of composing music for the instrument. The first part will be framed by an emblematic work from each of Bach and Liszt that reflects personal tragedies afflicting the two composers in the language of music. The Fantasy and Fugue in G minor originates from Bach's 1720 journey to Hamburg, not long after the death of his first wife, Maria Barbara. Liszt, for his part, composed his variations to Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen after losing his eldest daughter, Blandine. The Hungarian composer borrowed the chromatic bass line providing its central theme and the chorale heard at the end of the work from Bach's cantata of the same title.
The works to be played in the second half offer a taste of the various phases of the 20th-century organ tradition. The pieces by Maurice Duruflé and Max Reger reveal the characteristics of the French and German organ schools, respectively. Whereas it is the diversity of harmonies and freedom of form that dominates in the first movement of Dufuflé's suite from 1932, Reger's 1902 piece honours the work of Bach with its strict contrapuntal structure. György Ligeti's two études are a unique splash of colour depicting the innovations in how the organ was treated that appeared in the 1960s, while the transcription of Bartók shows new possibilities in the composer's relationship with the organ.
Presented by: Academy of Music, Müpa Budapest
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