The organ part and reduced score Symphony No. 4 - An Organ Symphony (2008) by Poul Ruders.
Full score: WH31186
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Preface /Programme Note
When introducing a large-scale symphonic work not only as a symphony, but as an organ symphony, it would be impossible not to think of and perhaps compare it with Camille Saint-Saëns’sfamous SYMPHONY NO. 3, popularly known as the Organ Symphony. Well, that is a risk I am prepared to take – and live with the consequences.
Saint-Saëns, however, listed his work as a symphonyavec/withorgan. The organ only appears in two out of the four sections of thepiece. In my symphony, the instrument plays a far more significant part and is featured in all four movements. But it is not a concerto for organ andorchestra, rather a symphony with organo obligato - a symphony with an organ part of a soloistic nature. So, an Organ Symphony it is.
The first movement, PRELUDE, is exactly that: a foreplay to what is instore for the rest of the symphony. It is slow (very slow!) and predominantly hushed: the organ and the orchestra wake up, side-by-side, getting to know one another.
The second movement, CORTÈGE, is a slowlymoving processional and it evokes extreme solemnity and austerity. Later on, the music takes flight and the atmosphere lightens considerably, a far more playful music emerging.
This leads to the third movement,ETUDE, an exercise in instrumental virtuosity and technical challenge.
The fourth and last movement is called CHACONNE, but I could just as well have named it passacaglia (the definition of those two terms seems toblur, even among the learned). Bearing in mind the last movement of Johannes Brahms´s SYMPHONY NO.
4, which is universally agreed on as being a passacaglia, I chose to avoid the Wrath of the Gods and opted for