With their clear formal design and their manageable demands on technique, these pieces reflect Guilmant’s basic precept of creating works for church and concert performance.
Stylistically, they are noteworthy for their evocative and confessional mood and their straightforward, highly melodious workmanship.
The first four-piece cycle might be termed a “Gregorian Suite”; the second is a Christmas suite with Chorale, Magnificat and La Crêche . The Trois Oraisons can be regarded as Guilmant’s swan-song: here the composer expressed his spiritual concerns, creating a transfigured idiom for the organ in a meditative and improvisatory vein while ingeniously blending Wagner’s tonal language with Lisztian intimacy.
- First Urtext edition of Guilmant’s organ works in five volumes
- Based on the latest scholarship
- With sources never evaluated before
- Detailed preface, critical report and source references (German/English/French)