Dieterich Buxtehude (1637/39-1707)
Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 149
Carlmann Kolb (1703-1765)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
from 11 Chorale Preludes for Organ, Op 122 (1896)
iv) Herzlich tut mich erfreuen My faithful heart rejoices
x) Herzlich tut mich verlangen My heart yearns
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
from 3 Impressions for Organ, Op 72 (1909)
1 Harmonies du soir
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Variations on Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen S179 (1859)
Prelude based on JS Bach's Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (Weeping, Lamenting, Sorrows, Fears) BWV 12
The Christ Church organ was built by Hill, Norman & Beard in 1970 with 16 stops, using some pipes from previous organs plus some neo-baroque sounds typical of the 1960's and '70's (Chimney Flute and Fifteenth on open-foot voicing, like the Royal Festival Hall organ).
In 1995, HNB moved some loud stops from the Great to a new double case in the nave, 6 stops were added, and the tone was refined. In summer 2015 the nave organ was re-voiced to produce a more robust tone.
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Carlmann Kolb, a German priest,
eighteenth century organist,
name unknown amongst the greats,
given voice, today is placed –
early classical style of Bach
(not J.S., but C.P.E.)
Christ Church, Leatherhead, lunchtime, plays
harmonies that blend and lead
flowing gentle melodies,
calm, predictable, and sweet.
Suddenly, a cataclysm
renders building’s fabric harsh,
violently vibrates in stark
discords; manic diminished sevenths
crash chromatic resonance,
charge the ears unbearably –
chaos cascades from finger tips.
Could a bottle of wine be spilt?
Knocked right over in clumsy tilt –
music score affected by
Carlmann’s inebriated high.
Mental suffering, perhaps,
reveals an unexpected lapse.
Out of character music goes;
just why, we may never know,
background shrouded in mystery;
organ speaks of humble priest.
Peter Horsfield 21/9/2017
Inspired by the lunchtime organ recital given by Graham Thorpe at Christ Church (United Reformed), Leatherhead, on 21st September 2017