An Evening of Composed Music & Improvisations
Thierry Escaich, Organist
On November 21, 2014 Organist Thierry Escaich performed and organ recital featuring composed works and improvisation on given themes. Charles Tournemire's "Te Deum" and "Victimae paschali laudes" were performed as well as Franck's Choral No. 2 in b minor and Duruflé's Choral Variations on the hymn "Veni Creator Spiritus". Improvisation subjects ranged from: Salve Regina to "Good Night Irene" and also included Simple Gifts.
Thierry Escaich teaches improvisation and composition at the Paris Conservatory, and is organist at the church of St-Étienne- du-Mont in Paris, where he succeeded Maurice Duruflé. He tours internationally as a performing artist and composer, and his concert programs feature a large repertoire in addition to his own works and improvisations, for which he is renowned. As a composer he was first discovered in 1989, when he received the Blumenthal Prize from the Fondation franco-américaine Florence Blumenthal, and to date he has written more than 100 works. Other awards for his compositions include the Prix des Lycéens (2002), the Grand Prix de la Musique symphonique from the SACEM in 2004, and on three occasions, in 2003, 2006 and 2011, the Victoires de la Musique "Composer of the Year" award.
Although he mainly composes for the organ, Thierry Escaich is open to all types of genres and forms, always exploring new sound horizons. Some recent compositions include a ballet written for the New York City Ballet, and an opera based on Victor Hugo's Claude Gueux, with libretto by Robert Badinter, premiered by the Lyons Opera in March 2013. Since 2011 he has been associate composer with the Paris Chamber Orchestra and previously held similar positions with the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre de Bretagne and the Orchestra National de Lyon.
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James Konzelman, Hoboken, NJ
Our Lady of Refuge Church