January 12, 2014

Master of the Saint Bartholomew Altar, Baptism of Christ, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1500
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him [NRSV, Matt 3:13].

Christ Church Cathedral Choir Notes
The Baptism of the Lord

Click to go immediately to:

1) The Music Programme Homepage

2) The Music Calendar for Choral Eucharist, Eucharistie chantée and Evensong

3) The Concert Calendar


Charles Arnould Tournemire (22 January 1870 – 3 or 4 November 1939) was a French composer and organist, notable partly for his improvisations, which were often rooted in the music of Gregorian chant. His compositions include eight symphonies (one of them choral), four operas, twelve chamber works and eighteen piano solos; but today he is almost exclusively remembered for his organ music, and by far the best known piece from his pen is L'Orgue Mystique.  L'Orgue Mystique is a group of 51 sets of five pieces each (except for Holy Saturday, which contains only three pieces), all written between 1927 and 1932. This collection covers the cycle of the Roman Catholic liturgical year, each set being based on the Gregorian chants for the day.  Choir Notes features a selection from L’Orgue Mystique every week.  Scroll down.  In addition, three of the organ preludes for the coming Sunday are from the Feast of the Epiphany.


Alexandra Fol will give a recital at the 1980 Wilhelm organ of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, on Saturday, January 11, at 4:30 pm. Admission free / donation accepted.

Prelude on Pange Lingua - Richard Cornell b.1946
Privatum II - Luigi Abbate b.1958
Noël I - Louis Claude d’Aquin 1694-1772
Une image et son double - Christophe Frionnet 1968
Videojuego-Organo - Clio Montrey b.1985
Diapositives - Vanessa Marcoux b.1986
Suite Gothique, op. 25, III. Prière à Notre-Dame  - Léon Boëllmann 1862-1897
Symphonie No. 1, VI. Final  - Louis Vierne 1870-1937

By way of preparation, listen online to these selections:

Léon Boëllmann, Suite Gothique, op. 25, III. Prière à Notre-Dame, performed by Helga Schauette at the 1996 Kuhn organ of Minden Cathedral [musicMe]

Louis Vierne, Symphonie No. 1 D-minor, opus 14 for organ, Final, performed by Simon Preston at the 1937 Harrison and Harison organ of Westminster Abbey [musicMe]


Charles Tournemire, L'orgue mystique: Nativity Cycle, Op. 56: No.8

Mass of the 1st Sunday after the Epiphany
Prelude for the Introit [YouTube]
Offertory  [YouTube]
Elevation [YouTube]
Communion [YouTube]
Fantasy - Choral  [YouTube]

Click for the entire performance of L'Orgue mystique by Georges Delvallée.


Click to go to Bach Cantatas for Online Listening.

Follower of Hieronymous Bosch, Christ Among the Doctors,  Louvre, 1550-1600

Bach Cantatas for the First Sunday after Epiphany:

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen /Dearest Jesus, my desire, Cantata 32, with performances by Leonhardt, Leusink, Sarasa, Scherchen, and Suzuki.

Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht / I shall not let my Jesus go, Cantata 124, with performances by Harnoncourt, Koopman, Leusink, Richter and Rilling.
Click to go to Johann Sebastian Bach, Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren / My dearest Jesus is lost, Cantata 154, with performances by Harnoncourt, Leusink, Richter, and Suzuki.

Click to go to Gedenke, Herr, wie es uns gehet, / Consider, Lord, how things are for us , once attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantata 217, with a performance by