L'Oeuvre d'Orgue de Jehan Alain ... Tome II
Paris: Alphonse Leduc [PNs A.L. 19744, 20102-20105], .
Folio. Original publisher's ivory wrappers with titing within ruled border to upper. Unbound as issued. 1f. (blank), 1f. (recto title and contents, verso blank), 1f. (recto small illustration by the composer, verso blank), 36, [i] (blank), [i] (publisher's catalogue "Musique pour Grand Orgue") pp.
Wrappers slightly worn and soiled. Minor browning.
New edition edited by Marie-Clair Alain, reissued from editions ©1939, 1943, and 1952.
"Alain's musical language is a faithful reflection of his original personality. An instinctive musician, but one trained in the disciplines of counterpoint, he wrote music that has a natural fluidity, infused with the spirit of dance. It requires from the performer what Olivier Alain has called an ‘active rubato’. Alain's preferred forms are the fantasy and the variation, but with an acute sense of proportion, an avoidance of exaggeration, and the absolute sincerity of a generous, passionate nature. Harmonies are immensely rich, polymodal or chromatic; the composer loved sequences of 6th chords and the polytonality of superimposed triads." Aurélie Decourt, Georges Guillard, Brigitte Massin and Gilles Cantagrel in Grove Music Online.
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