GREGORIAN CHANT IN ORGAN SONATAS BY J.-N. LEMMENS

Abstract:

The 1860s played a special role in the history of organ music in Belgium and France. This period was marked by the active development of substantive repertory and the establishment of the Franco-Belgian organ school. All the advances of this period could not be possible without the contribution of the Belgian composer, organist and teacher Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens.

Brought up on the traditional for Catholic Belgium Gregorian chants and the organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Lemmens managed to organically transfer Bach’s principles of working with Lutheran chant to completely different material of Gregorian hymns. Lemmens is also credited for the foundation of the first educational institution that trained church musicians. The three organ sonatas became the pinnacle of his work and the first examples of the synthesis of liturgical content and a secular form.

The article reveals general patterns in the choice of themes from the large-scale corpus of Gregorian chants. The melody of the chorale can also be traced in parts in which no chorale is indicated. It shows a deep connection between Lemmens’s heritage and a thousand-year-old church musical tradition.

4. Agapova-Strizhakova article 2022-2

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Стрижакова Елена Александровна – cоискатель ученой степени кандидата искусствоведения Российской академии музыки имени Гнесиных, кафедра аналитического музыкознания
Научный руководитель: ГЕРВЕР Лариса Львовна – доктор искусствоведения, профессор кафедры аналитического музыкознания Российской академии музыки имени Гнесиных

Elena A. Strizhakova is an applicant for the degree of Candidate in Art Studies at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, Analytical Musicology Department
Scientific director is Larissa L. GERVER is a Doctor of Art Studies, professor of Analytical Musicology Department at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music

E-mail: stelasof@gmail.com

ГЕРВЕР Лариса Львовна – доктор искусствоведения, профессор кафедры аналитического музыкознания Российской академии музыки имени Гнесиных.
Larissa L. GERVER is a Doctor in Art Studies, professor of Analytical Musicology Department at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music.

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