There are currently no items in your cart.
Choral No. 2 for Organ composed by Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961). Arranged by Percy Aldridge Grainger. For concert band (Piccolo, 1st Flute, 2nd Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon, Contrabassoon, Eb Clarinet, 1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet, 3rd Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bariton). Band Music. Grade 5. Score and parts. Duration 11:00. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.R10039).
Grainger's passionately humanistic setting of Franck's Chorale No. 2 is uniquely suited to the resources of the modern concert band. He did not want the band to sound like an organ. Instead, he created a rich, voice like sonority similar to the orchestral timbre of the D minor Symphony. It is by far his most ambitious scoring.
At the age of 15, Cesar Franck (1822-1890) traveled from his native Belgium to study organ and composition at the Paris Conservatoire. He remained in Paris for the rest of his life, working as a church organist and teaching piano and organ. In 1872, at the age of 50, he was named professor of organ at the Conservatoire. The same year he composed his popular Panis Angelicus, and as a result became more widely known as a composer. During the last eleven years of his life he wrote most of his compositions including the Symphonic Variations, the Violin Sonata, and the Symphony in D Minor. At a time when French music was often light in character, his was serious and profound. Franck's final and culminating achievement was the Three Chorals for Organ. The completed manuscript was at his fingertips as the priest arrived to administer last rites. The Three Chorals are organized in variation form. They are not as brief as the church chorals of Bach, but rather, extended symphonic compositions. Albert Schweitzer has commented that "the chorale in modern French organ literature means simply a fantasy on a formal, noble theme." The Organ Choral No. 2 fits Schweitzer's description. The music contains references to the D Minor Symphony, Heroic Piece for Organ, and the Violin Sonata, as well as settings of the Christ motive of Franck's The Beatitudes (bar 115 and bar 274). The 2nd Choral opens with a chaconne-style bass theme. The melody passes successively through bass and treble voices leading to a lyrical second subject (bar 65). This new theme develops through a series of interspersed interludes arriving at a grand, virtuosic cadenza (bar 127). The chaconne variations resume, continuing to unfold until the first and second themes are combined (bar 195). More intense and complex variants lead to a powerful final statement of the opening theme (bar 259). The music concludes with a tender and poignant coda based on the "Christ motive." Grainger's setting of the Choral No. 2 was first performed by the Interlochen Band on July 12, 1942. Grainger conducted. It is interesting to note that five years earlier at Interlochen, Grainger had conducted the 1st Franck Organ Choral in a band arrangement by his friend Ralph Leopold. Leopold's arrangement may have been an impetus for Grainger's setting of the 2nd Choral. Quite another factor may have been the composer's apprehension over the onset of World War II. In 1940, Percy and Ella Grainger moved away from their home in White Plains to escape the supposed vulnerability of the New York City area. They chose Springfield, Missouri, presumed safe from enemy air and naval attacks. It is not hard to imaging that he wanted his students to share Franck's healing message of love, hope, reaffirmation, and peace. The Interlochen program cover for the premier features Grainger's picture with the following inscription: a man of genius, force and achievement, renowned and honored throughout the world- who comes to us for the entire season with the sweet simplicity of a true gentleman and the rare patience of the exceptional teacher, with a gigantic intellect projected far beyond our petty problems but with a wide and sympathetic understanding for the lowliest among us. His visit is a privilege we humble hope to merit.
Choral No. 2 for Organ
- Explain exactly why you liked or disliked the product. Do you like the artist? Is the transcription accurate? Is it a good teaching tool?
- Consider writing about your experience and musical tastes. Are you a beginner who started playing last month? Do you usually like this style of music?
- Feel free to recommend similar pieces if you liked this piece, or alternatives if you didn't.
- Be respectful of artists, readers, and your fellow reviewers. Please do not use inappropriate language, including profanity, vulgarity, or obscenity.
- Avoid disclosing contact information (email addresses, phone numbers, etc.), or including URLs, time-sensitive material or alternative ordering information.
- We cannot post your review if it violates these guidelines. If you have any suggestions or comments on the guidelines, please email us.
- All submitted reviews become the licensed property of Sheet Music Plus and are subject to all laws pertaining thereto. If you believe that any review contained on our site infringes upon your copyright, please email us.
Choral No. 2 for Organ
Tell a friend (or remind yourself) about this product. We'll instantly send an email containing product info and a link to it. You may also enter a personal message.
We do not use or store email addresses from this form for any other purpose than sending your share email.
Now you can also view your purchased titles on your iPad with our
free Sheet Music Plus Digital Print Viewer app.
With Digital Print, you can print from your computer immediately after purchase, or wait until its convenient. And our software installation is easy - we'll guide you through the simple steps to make sure you have Adobe Flash Player, Adobe AIR and the Sheet Music Plus AIR application on your computer.
See all System Requirements for Digital Print
Note: Our Digital Print items are purchased solely through our website. By purchasing a Digital Print item, you are authorized by the publisher to print out the purchased number of copies for that particular title. Thus, we are unable to fax, mail or email digital titles in any form or file format (including PDF) as it violates copyright law.
Google Chrome Users: The most recent Google Chrome update is not compatible with Adobe AIR. We recommend using an alternate browser (such as Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox) in order to download Adobe AIR and print your music.
Digital Print - Available Instantly!
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More by this Composer: Percy Aldridge Grainger Sheet Music Percy Aldridge Grainger Choir Sheet Music Percy Aldridge Grainger English Horn Sheet Music Percy Aldridge Grainger Oboe Sheet Music Percy Aldridge Grainger Organ Sheet Music Percy Aldridge Grainger Choir Sheet Music Percy Aldridge Grainger Concert Band Sheet Music
Genre: 20th Century Sheet Music
Level: Grade 5