The Grandeur of France

Maurice Clerc, organ
Tuesday 16 July 2019 at 20:00

Suite de Danses (Anon. 14th-17th centuries, transcribed by Francis Chapelet)

Intrada

Danse française

Danse anglaise

Danse allemande

Danse espagnole

Danse hongroise et Saltarelle italienne

Danse Autrichienne.

Diego Ortiz (1510-1570)

Deux Ricercada « Sobre la cancion doulce mémoire »

Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738)

Symphonies de Fanfares (1ère suite) (Transcribed by Maurice Clerc)

Ouverture

Gracieusement et Sicilienne

Final

Benedetto Marcello (1686 -1739)

Andante from Concerto in C Minor for oboe

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

From Dolly Suite (arr. for organ by Maurice Clerc):

Berceuse

Kitty Waltz

Gaston Litaize (1909-1991)

Deux Préludes liturgiques (B Major – A Major)

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Méditation

Jean Langlais (1907-1991)

Chant de joie

Nativité

Paraphrase sur « Te Deum »

Maurice Clerc was born in Lyon in 1946 and is an organ graduate of the École Normale of Music in Paris as a student of Suzanne Chaisemartin. Further studies were undertaken at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris where he gained the Premier Prix in organ in the class of Rolande Falcinelli. Studies in improvisation with the renowned organist of Notre-Dame de Paris, Pierre Cochereau resulted in his winning the improvisation prize at an international competition in Lyon in 1977. Maurice Clerc has been Titular Orgaist of the cathedral in Dijon for over 40 years, and was also professor of organ in the conservatory in that city. As a recitalist Clerc has enjoyed the highest of reputations, having given over 1300 recitals in some twenty countries in four continents. He has recorded a dozen CDs embracing the widest range of organ repertoire. He is a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur.