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Willscher, Andreas / Organ Symphony No. 5, "Of Francis's Preaching About Holy Poverty"
Album:Organ Symphony No. 5, "Of Francis's Preaching About Holy Poverty" Collection:Classical
Artist:Willscher, Andreas Added:05/2017
Label:Divine Art Records 

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Add Date:2017-05-10 Pull Date:2017-07-12 Charts:Classical/Experimental

Album Review
Gary Lemco
Reviewed 2017-05-05 
Inspired by the writings and marked pious sentiment of Francis of Assisi, German composer and organist Andeas Willscher (b. 1955) composed a 12-movement, fifth organ symphony, subtitled “Of Francis’ Preaching about Holy Poverty” (2006). The music is not program music and attempts instead to represent the oratorical devices in sermons: reasoning, warning, excited and passionate urging, pauses and pregnant silence. The key motif centers on the words, Francesco di Assisi,” which becomes F-D-A. This motif permeates a series of contrasting musical techniques like toccata (vituosic music designed to exhibit the performer’s touch and technique), fughetta (a short fugue, i.e., two or more voices proceeding in imitating a main theme and beginning at different pitches), and improvised meditations. Exclusive use of the organ’s white keys is utilized to musically define the essence of “Holy Poverty.” The composer describes each movement in the program booklet.

Track Listing
1.Fanfare: F-D-A, Followed By A Fugue (4:26) [Pensive, Disturbing] 7.[Ohne Bewegung]: Without Title, Long And Built Of Silences (13:20)
2.Grave: Rather Static, With Large Chords (5:24) 8.Allegro: A Toccata In Minimal, Repetitive Style (6:40) [Repetitive Notes]
3.Sehr Ruhig: Peaceful, The Introit For The Feast Of St. Francis (8:46) 9.Andante: Four-Part Fugue (4:42) [Moderately Dissonant]
4.Allegro: A Brief Toccata (1:48) [Huffing And Puffing] 10.Ruhig Fliessend: Lyrical And Flowing, With Birdsongs Dear To St. Francis (6:06)
5.Ruhig: Gregorian Melody “Little Flowers” By St. Francis (5:57) 11.Allegro Marcato: A Toccata Whose Middle Is A Quiet Fugato (4:40) [Jazzy]
6.Allegro Molto: A Toccata With A Lyrical Middle Part (4:28) [Chugging, Calm, Trai 12.Lento, Misterioso: Quiet And Atmospheric, High Flute Sound Against Low Bass Tone