Although European organ-playing comprises many excellent and well-known traditions, two of them that date back centuries are particularly important and distinctive: those of Germany and France. It is thus fitting that these two countries continue to produce many of the members making up the continent's vibrantly colourful community of organists.Mulhouse-born Daniel Roth is a credit to the reputation of the French organ tradition, to which he is undeniably linked through his studies with French organists like Maurice Duruflé, one of the most significant of the 20th century, and Duruflé's contemporary, Marie-Claire Alain, who approached him in standing. (In terms of "pedagogical bloodlines”, Duruflé himself had studied under César Franck's former pupil Charles Tournemire, while Marie-Claire Alain was taught to play the organ by Marcel Dupré, whose own teachers included Alexandre Guilmant, Louis Vierne and Charles-Marie Widor - to list just a few leading figures from the 19th and 20th century French organ school.)
Roth also continues the tradition of diversity: he is both a church organist and a concert performer, having won numerous important competitions when he was younger, and also composes and teaches. His programme will include one of Bach's most famous compositions - the Prelude and Fugue in E minor (the fugue is sometimes called "The Wedge” in reference to the chromatically expanding ambitus of the melody), followed by a tribute to his homeland's organ literature with one - rarely played in Hungary - work from each César Franck and Charles-Marie Widor, with the concert's remaining time dedicated to letting the Müpa Budapest audience enjoy his improvisational skills.
The concert will be preceded from 6.30 pm by a conversation entitled Prelude, where ticket holders will be invited to get to know the performing musician and the works to be performed more closely.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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