Huddersfield Town Hall 13.00

The blind organist Augustin Barié was considered by Vierne to be the finest improviser in Paris. Sadly he died very young and left very few pieces for organ, but the three which end today’s programme show him to be a composer of real imagination.

 

Rawsthorne                           Sortie on Nun danket alle Gott

Bach                                      Badinerie

Vivaldi arr Bach                     Concerto in A minor (first movement)

Rawsthorne                           Prelude on the Londonderry Air

Shows                                   Prelude on Psalm 42

Barié                                     Marche, Lamento and Toccata

 

 

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