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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Music For Organ

Last Rites
New Music For Organ
William Bolcom Black Host
William Albright Organbook II
William Albright, Organ with Sidney Hodkinson, Percussion
Electronic tape realized at The University of Michigan Electronic Music Studio
Nonesuch Records Commission

From the cover notes: The title of the Bolcom work, written in the summer of 1967, takes its cue from the black mass envisioned by St. Secaire (as mentioned in Frazer's encyclopedia of the occult, The Golden Bough). St. Secaire is supposed to have said black mass in the crypt of his church in order to purify that institution of its own sin.

...the current work (Organbook II), akin to Black Host, is wrapped in the direction of the darker, more sinister aspects of religion-nocturnal rituals, the devil, mortality.

I found another copy recently that was autographed on the back jacket by Albright and contained a few reprinted articles from March 1972 issue of The A.G.O.-R.C.C.O. Magazine. The article featuring Albright is posted below.

Side One:

William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Black Host (1967)
for organ, percussion & tape
Sydney Hodkinson, percussion

Side Two:

William Albright (b. 1944)
Organbook II (1971)
1. Night Procession
2. Toccata Satanique
3. Last Rites (with tape)

1 comment:

  1. Could you be so kind and post teh other two pieces of Albright, too?
    I am an organist and play my exam with the Organbook II next year and I would lik to hear the rest of it?

    Best Greetings from Nuremberg!


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