Organ music in liturgy
As part of Cathedral worship, organ music is sometimes used in a liturgical context during certain special events, for example:
Devotional performances of major organ works at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral and St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedrals, Edinburgh:
- During Lent - Julius Reubke Sonata: The 94th Psalm;
- During Passiontide - Giles Swayne Stations of the Cross;
- During Advent - Max Reger Choral Fantasia: Wachet auf;
- During Advent - Marcel Dupré Symphonie Passion.
St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh, Vespers as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 2009, 2012 & 2015:
- Marcel Dupré Vêpres de la Vierge, Op. 18. Fifteen organ antiphons and versets, alternating with sung plainchant.
St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh, Couperin Masses as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 2011 & 2012:
- Couperin's Messe pour les paroisses and Messe pour les couvents were played in their original context of the Mass, with the organ movements alternating with sung plainchant.
St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh, Choral Vespers as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 2014:
Each Vespers concluded with the musical offering of one of the major organ works by Maurice Duruflé, as part of the Office.
- 9th August: Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du 'Veni Creator', Op 4
- 16th August: Suite, Op 5
- 23rd August: Prelude And Fugue (sur Le Nom D'Alain), Op. 7
November 2014: A meditation for the centenary of the outbreak of WW1:
With cathedral clergy and Monica Toll (soprano)
- Introduction: Isaiah 2:2-4
- Jessie Pope (1868-1941) Poem: Who’s for the game?
- Charles Pearce (1858-1928) Phantasy on the National Anthems of the Allies
- F. Maurice Jephson (1886-1917, Battle of Arras) Gaudeamus
- Ernest Farrar (1885-1918, Battle of the Somme) A Wedding Piece
- Edward Thomas (1878-1917, Battle of Arras) Poem: Sedge-Warblers
- George Butterworth (1885-1916, Battle of the Somme) (arr. for organ by W.B. Henshaw) The Banks of Green Willow
- Vera Brittain (1893-1970) Poem: The German Ward
- Cecil Coles (b. Kirkudbright 1888, attended George Watson’s School, Edinburgh, d. 1918, Western Front) Cortège (from ‘Behind the Lines’)
- Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) (arr. for organ by Jörg Abbing) from Le Tombeau de Couperin
- i. Prélude (“to the memory of Lieutenant Jacques Charlot”)
- ii. Rigadaun (“to the memory of Pierre and Pascal Gaudin”)
- iii. Menuet (“to the memory of Jean Dreyfus”)
- Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Une Voix dans le Désert
- Conclusion: 1 Corinthians 15:51-58
St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh, Choral Vespers as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 2015:
Each Vespers concluded with the musical offering of one of the major organ works by Marcel Dupré, as part of the Office.
- 15th August: Prelude & Fugue in B, Op. 7 No 1
- 22nd August: Cortège et Litanie, Op. 19 No 2
- 29th August: Évocation (Poéme Symphonique) Op. 37 (complete)