St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney

Organ Recital Programs

Fridays 1.10pm - 1.40pm

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July 2009

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July 3
Jérôme Faucheur

Prelude and fugue in D major


Scherzo (Opus 16)

Prière à Notre-Dame

Carillon de Longpaon
Théodore Dubois (1837 - 1924)

Louis-James-Alfred Léfebure-Wély (1817 - 1869)

Aloys Claussman (1850 - 1926)

Léon Boëllmann (1862 - 1897)

Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Jérôme Faucheur was born in Lille (France) on the 17th April 1953.  He undertook his first musical studies at the age of 8, and later the study of the organ with the local organist in his living village.  He entered the “Conservatoire National de Région” of Lille in 1971, and became the pupil of Jeanne Joulain, with her, he won in 1974 the difficult “Médaille d’Or d’Orgue et d’Improvisation”. After that he also won the “Premier Prix d’Orgue” of the French Television Ntwork (ex-ORTF), and the “High Diploma for Organ” of the Sacred Music Institute of Rouen. 

In Paris, Jerome worked privately during three years with Jean Lan-Gais and Rolande Falcinelli.  Currently he is the Professor for Organ in the school of music of Comines and Hazebrouck, and the Lille Institute of Sacred Music.  He is also a titular organist of the parishes of Wambrechies and Bondues, where a new organ has been dedicated in 2004. 

He played more 350 organ recitals in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Luxemburg, Italia, Spain.  In USA, he played in New-York St Patrick’s Cathedral; Washington National Cathedral, and San Francisco St Mary’s Cathedral.  In England, Jerome played in the St Paul’s Cathedral- Celebrity organ recitals in 1982; the Westminster Cathedral Great Organ recitals series in 1987, the Westminster Abbey Sunday Organ Recitals in 2003 and various organ festivals in St Alban, Canterbury, Portmouth, Chicester and other churches. 

He has recorded “The German Romantic Organ”, organ works by Louis Vierne, and written an organ method for the beginners, edited by the Belgian editor Chantraine.

July 10
Lawrence Tao (Durham)

Allegro Risoluto (from Plymouth Suite)


Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 546

Dieu Parmi Nous (from La Nativité du Seigneur)
Percy Whitlock (1903 - 1946)

César Franck (1822 - 1890)

J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Olivier Messaien (1908 - 1992)

July 17
Pastór de Lasala (Organist Sacred Heart Mosman & Mosman Uniting Church)

Marche in A

Preludes 7 – 10 from Zehn Praeludien op. 170
i. no. 7 in E Flat – Allegrette pastorale 

ii. no. 8   in E Minor – Andantino, quasi Allegretto

iii. no. 9  in G Major - Moderato

iv. no. 10  in G Minor/Major – Allegro moderato/ Più moto
Trio in D Minor

Impromptu no. 1 from 5e Livre (1905)

Boléro de Concert op. 166

Charles-René Collin (1827 – 1911)

Gustav Adolphe Merkel (1827 – 1885) 

Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713 – 1780)

Albert Périlhou (1846 – 1936)

Louis-James Lefébure-Wély (1817 – 1869)

July 24
Frank Tamsitt (Organ Scholar, St James', King Street)

Prelude and Fugue in E minor "Wedge" BWV 548


Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain
J S Bach  (1685 - 1750)

Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706)

Maurice Duruflé (1902 - 1986)

July 31
Matthias Giesen (Organist & Music Director St Florian, Linz, Austria)


LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01Matthias Giesen (1973 - ) was born in Boppard/Rhein in Germany. After the final school examination he studied church music, organ and music theory at University in Cologne, Stuttgart and Vienna. His organ teachers were the Cologne Cathedral organist Clemens Ganz, Johannes Geffert and Bernhard Haas; music theory he studied with Johannes Schild and Friedrich Jaecker. He joined several organ courses with Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Jean-Claude Zehnder, Michael Radulescu etc. In 1998 he won the First Prize at the Bayreuth Organ Competition. After his organ examinations he studied music theory with Martin Eybl at the Vienna University of Music.

In 1999 he was organist and director of church music in St Elisabeth in Köln-Pesch; in August 1999 he was chosen as the organist of the Bruckner-Organ of the Augustinian Monastery St Florian/Austria. He is also in charge of the Monastery´s music archive.

He participated in several recordings for broadcast and television (Italian, Japanese, US-American-Television, Austrian television ORF). This involvement in many international concerts has contributed to his artistic activity (Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Greece, Algeria, Slovakia, Russia, Australia etc.). In May 2002 a CD featuring Giesen playing the Bruckner Organ with organ compositions of the 19th century (Liszt, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Schumann, Reger etc.) was produced. It also includes a transcription of one of Anton Bruckner´s works. Several other CD projects are planned. In the mean time he has published different articles about the organ composers Jean Guillou (in 2001 Giesen made a collaboration project with him), André Jolivet, Leos Janacek and Max Reger.

Moreover he also taught music theory for two years at the Cologne Music University. Giesen is currently teaching music theory at Vienna Music University and at the Institute of Musicology. Since 2003 he has been the master of the church music choir and orchestra at the basilica of St Florian and organizer of the International Anton Bruckner Organ Competition Linz and St Florian. 

Passacaglia from the opera “Katerina Ismailova”  

Adagio from string quintet

Two pieces of Twelve pieces for organ op. 80:

Ave Maria
Toccata and fugue a minor

Dmitrij Schostakowitsch (1906-1974)

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) arr. Matthias Giesen

Max Reger (1873-1916)

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