Jean Langlais (1907-1991), a renowned French organist and composer, was blind from the age of two and studied at the Paris Conservatory. Despite his disability, he rose to prominence as a virtuoso organist and prolific composer, contributing significantly to the French organ tradition. Prelude Modal is a distinguished piece featured in “Vingt-quatre Pièces,” a collection of 24 organ or harmonium compositions. As part of this collection, the Prelude Modal serves as a serene and meditative counterpoint to the more lively and energetic pieces found within the collection. The piece’s connection to Gregorian chant and its use of modal harmony showcase Langlais’ ability to create a haunting atmosphere, reminiscent of Gregorian chant.
I recorded this on the Chemnitz Sauer organ sample set by Sonus Paradisi using the Hauptwerk VPO software.
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