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Triptych for Organ and Large Orchestra (Rehearsal score)

By Julian Wachner

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Organ, full orchestra
Composed by Julian Wachner (1969-). General. Rehearsal score. 64 pages. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.6730).

Item Number: EC.6730

8.5" x 11" inches.

"The Triptych, performed here by French-Canadian keyboardist Philippe Belanger and the Orchestre Metropolitain of Montreal, is a three-movement, 40-minute tour-de-force of imposing power, virtuosic toccatas, quiet meditation, and joyful celebration. Wachner is both an unapologetic modernist and an open-minded eclectic...his music has something to say." -American Record Guide

"'Logos' is a sonic tour de force, making full use of colors, dynamics, and rhythmic energy characteristic of organ and orchestra. "Agape," which opens with an organ solo in which one feels bathed in love, is a welcome contrast to the surrounding movements. The concluding section, "Angelus," demanding the utmost from all the players, is filled with complex rhythms and textures and brings the extended work to a stunning climax." -The American Organist

"Out of orchestral chaos the organ enters with chordal grandeur in the introductory "Logos." An introspective two-part organ passage plus its aggressive string response become the bases for the following allegro...Belanger and selected instrumentalists are beautifully reflective again in the middle movement "Agape," the violins serene and inspired in the closing melody. The organist shines in the final "Angelus," building steadily with the orchestra through tricky metre changes to a great, moving conclusion. Himself a virtuoso organist, Wachner has created long sonorities, repeated chords, and busy passages that are static harmonically to suit the highly reverberant space. Highly recommended." -The Whole Note

"It's difficult not to think of Messiaen when listening to Triptych for organ and full orchestra by Wachner (who conducts excellently here, by the way): splendour, dignity, outstanding tone combinations, sophisticated chromatic exploration, albeit polarized--but also a certain personal "je ne sais quoi". Among its other qualities there is a rich backdrop, wavering between a glimmer and a tingle." - La Scena Musicale

"...Tryptique pour orgue et grand orchestre s'avere une oeuvre monumentale. Entre le modernisme, il faut quelque temps pour se familiariser avec la masse sonore et l'aspect classique qui rejoint certains themes de Broadway, Duke Ellington pour Malletoba Spank..." -Le Journal de Montreal

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