Bach Birthday Organ Recital – 2021

06 July 2021

Bach Birthday Organ Recital – 2021

Sydney Grammar School's celebration of the birthday and organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The 2020 recital (which was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions) was to include a celebration of the 150th birthday of the renowned French composer and Organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937). Rather than cancel this year’s concert, Mr Robert Wagner (Head of Instrumental Music) has recorded his performance on the School’s splendid Mander organ of 2004. Better late than never, Vierne will be remembered this year with three movements from his first organ symphony. Bach’s contribution to the programme will be a youthful, exuberant Prelude and Fugue, a pensive and highly ornamented treatment of the chorale An Wasserflüssen Babylon, and the work that is widely regarded as Bach’s finest composition, the magnificent Passacaglia in c minor.

The programme is listed below:

1’30” Prelude and Fugue in C BWV 531 (JS Bach) 

8’42” An Wasserflussen Babylon BWV 653 (Bach)

15’50” Allegro vivace from Symphonie #1, Op 14 (Louis Vierne)

20’41” Andante from Symphonie #1 (Vierne) 

28’04” Final from Symphonie #1 (Vierne)

36’22 Passacaglia in c minor BWV 582 (Bach)

Console assistance: Koen van Stade

Audio Visual: Amal Wilson