Posts tagged ‘Paris Conservatory’

November 3, 2013

2013-11-03 Notes from the Bench

“In Paradisum (Into Paradise)” from Esquisses Byzantines by Henri Mulet

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate

Today’s prelude, In Paradisum (Into Paradise), is a piece within the work, Esquisses Byzantines (Byzantine Sketches) composedby Mulet between 1914 and 1919.  Esquisses Byzantines is a set of ten programmatic pieces for organ that depict the architectural features of the then newly built Basilica of SacréCoeur in Paris and the liturgical actions taking place there.  This work represents the solemn and meditative prayers of the peoplefor the faithful departed.  The festive moto-perpetuo work,Carillon-Sortie, written in 1912, concludes today’s celebration of All Saints’ Day with its jubilant theme set against figurative patterns that call to mind the joyous ringing of bells.

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