By Kathleen Thomerson
This can be the 1st publication at the French composer Jean Langlais to be released in English and in addition the 1st to supply entire info on all of his released works plus 86 unplubished compositions, and 11 orchestral works. This publication lines Langlais' improvement from his early years of analysis on the nationwide Institute for the younger Blind, via his lengthy and energetic profession as composer, church musician, and live performance organist, and explores the effect that Langlais' labor, selection, and skill have had at the musical global. it really is divided into 5 significant sections, together with a biography, interviews, works and performances, a discography, and a bibliography. directory 240 compositions written among 1927 and 1987, and containing a whole discography of either commercially produced and privately published recordings, the main part of this quantity is an annotated bibliography of writings via and approximately Langlais, with 536 entries, protecting the years from 1926 to 1987, while he celebrated his 80th birthday. different types comprise common references, person compositions, improvisations, reports of recordings, nonprint resources, and archive details. there's important details on premieres, reactions to Langlais' works and performances, recital courses, and correspondence. The opus numbers, lately accomplished through Marie-Louise Jaquet-Langlais, the composer's spouse, are released right here for the 1st time in a chronological checklist of compositions, and the index part covers works, authors and translators, and normal details.
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III. IV. V. VI. Premieres Private: December 5, 1935, Simone Blin, voice, Jean Langlais, piano. Public: Societe Nationale, 1936, Mme. Marchal, voice, Jean Langlais, piano. Je crois en Dieu Editions du Levain. From Chants pour la Messe (1953), published separately. Choir and Congregation, with organ or harmonium accompaniment. (See: W86) UI95. MACKENZIE (1962). Chanson de marin. Unpublished. Piano accomp. UI96. MASS "60D HAUE MEACV (1964). 11'. McLaughlin and Reilly, 1965. Text: English. Unison choir, unison congregation, with organ.
Sometimes he would come and show his works, but he was not there regularly. —On the same recital with the Premiere Symphonie, Pierre Cogen played the first performance of Talltha Koum. —Yes. The title is Aramaic, and means, little girl, wake up. It is a resurrection. Langlais was very struck by these words of Jesus in the biblical account of a miracle. " He decided to make a collection, a book with that title. —The pieces in this collection use plainsong themes. What do you think is the future for Gregorian chant?
It was difficult to decide. It was my husband who organized that. I think he could have selected a lot of people to play. He wished to have Pierre and me because we are organists at Sainte-Clotilde with him, and Naji Hakim and Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet-Hakim as representing his pupils. Naji is the organist at the Basilique Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre now, and he won a lot of prizes all over the world. And Naji's wife is as brilliant as he is. I think that Naji and Olivier Latry will be the big organists here in ten years.