Stephen Tharp | Variations on Rouen (Iste Confessor)

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Variations on Rouen (Iste Confessor)

by Stephen Tharp

This exhilarating new pipe organ work, written in a modern French style, contains an introduction, theme and seven variations on the 18th-century hymn tune, ROUEN, and is masterfully performed by organist Stephen Tharp at St-Sulpice in Paris.
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The organ work Variations on ROUEN was commissioned by renowned New York organist Stephen Tharp in 2009. He asked his friend, organist/composer George Baker, a fellow francophile, to compose a set of variations on the hymn tune ROUEN (Iste Confessor), which is Tharp's favorite hymn. Baker finished the piece in early 2010, and Tharp played the premiere performance at a Pipedreams Live program in September, 2010, on the great Fisk opus 100 organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. The performance received a standing ovation. Two weeks later at the Church of St-Sulpice in Paris, France, Tharp played its European premiere, again to a very warm reception. The ROUEN melody actually comes from 18th-century France and is modal in character. The outline of the Variations is as follows: Introduction, Theme, Fugue, Divertissement, Fonds d'Orgue, Fileuse, Fantasie, Adagio, and Toccata-Finale. Besides the Rouen melody, one hears the Gregorian melody Ubi caritas, along with Jehan Alain's Litanies theme. The composer tries to communicate the gamut of human emotions: from grief to ecstasy and everything between. One will recognize the harmonic influences of several 20th-century French composers (e.g., Langlais, Messiaen).



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