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Espressivo, Music for Violin and Organ

by Michal Sobieski & James Biery

Music for Violin and Organ
Genre: Classical: Organ
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1. Overture, Op. 150: No. 6
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2. La Croix
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3. Largo
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4. Prière, Op. 20
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5. Prelude on “The King Shall Come
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6. Theme and Variations, Op. 150: No. 1
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7. Solemn Prelude on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
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8. Elegy
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9. Fantasia on “O Sanctissima”
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10. Six Pieces for Violin and Organ, Op 150: III. Gigue
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Espressivo
Music for Violin and Organ

Michal Sobieski has been a violinist with the
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1979, and
has also appeared with the SPCO as soloist
and chamber musician. In 1994, he won
praise as soloist in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
as a last-minute substitute for an ailing Iona
Brown. He has performed on five Lifescapes
Series recordings for Target Stores and taught
violin at Gustavus Adolphus College from
1992 to 1996. Prior to joining the SPCO, Mr.
Sobieski was concertmaster of the Canton
Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, where he was
first violin of the resident string quartet. He
previously served as concertmaster of the
Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico
and co-concertmaster of the Maracaibo
Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Sobieski graduated
from the Warsaw Academy of Music and
was a member of the Warsaw Philharmonic
Chamber Ensemble, the Warsaw Philharmonic
Chamber Orchestra, and leader and soloist
of the well-known Polish chamber orchestra,
Con Moto Ma Cantabile. Under the auspices
of the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Bureau,
Mr. Sobieski made extensive tours of Poland as
a soloist and recitalist. He came to the United
States after winning a special diploma of
honor at the 1970 Sibelius International
Violin Competition and a subsequent
fellowship to study at Indiana University. At
Indiana he studied with Josef Gingold, served
as Franco Gulli’s teaching assistant, and won
the university violin competition.

James Biery has served as Director of Music
at the Cathedral of Saint Paul since 1996.
Previously he held a similar position at
the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford,
Connecticut. A Pi Kappa Lambda graduate
of the Northwestern University School of
Music in Evanston, Illinois, his principal organ
teachers were Grigg Fountain and Wolfgang
Rübsam. Mr. Biery holds the Choirmaster and
Fellowship Certificates of the American Guild
of Organists, winning the Fellowship Prize
for his highest marks on the FAGO exam in
1986. He has over one hundred organ and
choral compositions in print, published by
MorningStar, Concordia, Augsburg Fortress,
GIA, Oregon Catholic Press, and Boosey &
Hawkes, and is the recipient of 2006, 2007,
and 2008 ASCAPlus awards. He has recorded
the music of Marcel Dupré for AFKA and Naxos.
In August 2007, Mike and Jim played duo
concerts in Poland and Germany. The Poland
concerts were performed at the Holy Cross
Church in Warsaw (where Chopin’s heart is
entombed) and the Cathedral of St. Peter
and St. Paul in Poznan (the oldest Cathedral
in Poland). In Germany, they performed at
the Quirinus Münster in Neuss, St. Paul’s
sister city.

Marilyn Biery is Associate Director of Music
at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. She holds
Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from
Northwestern University and the Doctor of
Musical Arts degree from the University of
Minnesota. She is an organist, conductor,
text writer, and composer. Her music is
published by Alliance, Augsburg Fortress,
Concordia, GIA and MorningStar.
Twin Cities composer David Evan Thomas
studied at Northwestern University, the
Eastman School, and with Dominick
Argento at the University of Minnesota.
His work has been commissioned by the
Minnesota Orchestra, honored by the
American Academy of Arts and Letters, and
published by ECS, Augsburg Fortress and
MorningStar. A few years ago, he served as
composer-in-residence at the Cathedral of
Saint Paul.

The Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul,
Minnesota, is one of the nation’s most
significant houses of worship. The cross at
the top of the dome reaches to a height of
307 feet and the nave can accommodate
nearly 3,000 worshipers. This vast acoustical
space enhances music with its reverberation
time of nine seconds. There are two pipe
organs: a 1927 E. M. Skinner in the sanctuary
and a 1963 Aeolian-Skinner in the gallery.

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