NOONTIME ORGAN RECITAL: Joel Anderson

NOONTIME ORGAN RECITAL: Joel Anderson
October 24
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

At St. Olaf, we are blessed to have a magnificent 67-rank pipe organ. This fall, it will be showcased in a series of recitals on Wednesday afternoons, immediately following the noon Mass. Come hear the organ thunder with might and whisper gently as talented organists showcase a variety of repertoire.

Wednesday Organ Recitals run from Sept 26 through Dec 5 (no recital Oct 31), and will be approx. 30-40 minutes long. Freewill donation.

Joel Anderson

Charles-Marie Widor  (1844-1937)
Symphony no. 5 in f minor, Op. 42, No. 1  (1879)  

     I. Allegro vivace
    II. Allegro cantabile
    III. Andantino quasi allegretto
    IV. Adagio
    V. Toccata

Charles-Marie Widor was a French organist, composer, and teacher. Coming of age when the famed organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll was reaching his height, Widor was hired in 1870 as a temporary organist at the church of St. Sulpice in Paris, where Cavaillé-Coll had recently finished building his most ambitious instrument to date. Widor retained this “temporary” post until he retired over sixty years later, becoming a permanent fixture of the 19th-century French organ school. A prolific composer, Widor wrote a great deal of music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano solo, sacred and secular choral works, and a variety of stage music, including a ballet and four operas. He is most well-known today for his ten organ symphonies, works which took full advantage of the new possibilities offered by Cavaillé-Coll’s instruments. It is unusual for a work for solo instrument to be called a “symphony”. Widor’s choice of the word reflects the scope of possibilities offered by the revival of organ building and organ music in 19th Century France. Inspired by the 100-stop, 5-manual behemoth at St. Sulpice, Widor once wrote,  "If I had not expe

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