54 Queen Street North (at Weber) Kitchener, Ontario N2H 2H2


Musical outreach since 1975

JUNE 19, 2019

12:15 to 12:45 pm




Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C Maj ~ Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

When in Our Hour of Greatest Need ~ J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Fugue in G Minor (BWV 578) ~ J.S. Bach

Suite Gothique (Op 25) ~ Léon Bëllmann (1862-1897)

i) Introduction-Choral   ii) Menuet Gothique   iii) Prière a Notre-Dame   iv) Toccata 

Boëllmann, the son of a pharmacist, was accepted by the prestigious École de Musique Classique et Réligeuse in Paris at just nine years of age, where his principal teachers were Gustave Lefèvre and Eugène Gigout. By the time he graduated in 1881 he’d won many awards for excellence in piano and organ performance, as well as in theoretical subjects and composition. He was soon hired by the Eglise St. Vincent de Paul where he worked for the rest of his short life, during which he produced more than 150 compositions. The Suite Gothique is considered his most popular and challenging work. After Boëllmann’s death from tuberculosis at age 35 (his wife Louise died just a year later), his former teacher Eugène Gigout adopted the couple’s three orphaned children. One of them, Marie-Louise Boëllmann-Gigout (1891-1977), became a noted organist and teacher in her own right. (excerpted and adapted from Wikipedia)

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