Pipeworks' celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Louis Vierne's Birth
Pipeworks is pleased to present two further online events on November 22nd and 29th to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Vierne.
Sunday November 22nd, 7pm: Streamed on YouTube and Facebook
Organist, scholar, and Pipeworks Associate Artist Dr David O’Shea will present an illustrated talk on Vierne’s organ music, its structures and forms, and its place in the canon of the great French organ tradition.
Sunday November 29th, 7pm: Streamed on YouTube and Facebook
Then it is my honour to offer a performance of Vierne’s monumental 5th Symphony for organ, recorded especially on the organ of St Patrick’s Cathedral. At nearly 50 minutes this is the longest, and in many ways most demanding of the organ symphonies. Its use of cyclic themes, its pushing the boundaries of tonality, and by the sheer virtuosity and colour of its writing make it a compelling piece, all too rarely performed.
Thursday, October 8th, we mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Louis Vierne, one of the most significant composers of organ music.
Despite near complete blindness and a life beset by various misfortunes, he left a substantial body of compositions of high quality, and was for 37 years Organist of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
Throughout the day Pipeworks will be streaming music by Vierne on our social media channels, mostly (though not exclusively) for organ. I am most grateful to all performers who have given of their time, talent and effort to compile recordings for this project, and I am delighted to have so many diverse performances from players all over Ireland and further afield and of all ages and stages - truly a celebration by the whole organ community of this most important day. We will hear a truly wide ranging selection of Vierne’s music, from whole symphonies and symphonic movements to the character pieces of the Piéces de Fantasie and the perfect miniatures of the 24 Pièces en Style Libre.
I hope that all lovers of organ repertoire will find much to enjoy during the course of the day.
David Leigh, Artistic Director
Join us in our celebration of Louis Vierne Thursday 8 October 2020: