Listen: What is new organ music?

What is new organ music? 

Dr Roger Williams, Music Director and Organist of St. Machar Cathedral in Old Aberdeen and former Organist to the University of Aberdeen, has been giving an annual organ recital from the early days of soundfestival

In this audio blog, Roger introduces you to the world of new organ music exploring some of the new works he has commissioned over the last 15 years for organ which include pieces by John McLeod, Pete Stollery, Tim Raymond, Claire Singer, Peter Relph, and Joe Stollery.

Featured extracts can be listened to in full here:

For reference, the audio blog contains extracts of recordings from the following works:

John McLeod: The King’s Toccata 
(Performed by Roger Williams, Cambridge, 2006)
Messiaen: Transports de Joie (from L’Ascension)
(Messiaen, 1956, HMVczs 7 67400 2)
Messiaen: Les deux Murailles (Le Livre du Saint Sacrement) 
(Jennifer Bate, 1967, Unicorn Kanchana Records)
Timothy Raymond: Nocturne
(Performed by Roger Williams, Aberdeen, 2016)
Peter Relph: Les Anges Encerclant 
(Performed by Roger Williams, Aberdeen, 2016)
Sofia Gubaidulina: Hell und Dunkel
(Performed by Roger Williams, Aberdeen, 2017)
Stephen Montague: Behold, A Pale Horse
(Performed by Roger Williams, Aberdeen, 2013)
Claire Singer: A FÀS SOILLEIR
(Performed by Roger Williams, Aberdeen, 2016)
Pete Stollery: b3:dz
(Performed by Roger Williams, Aberdeen, 2008)
Joe Stollery: A Squabble of Mews
(Performed by Roger Williams, Aberdeen, 2019)

This audio blog was originally posted July 2020.

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