Jean Langlais (1907-1991) was a French composer and organist. He was a student of the renowned organist and composer, Charles Tournemire, and was heavily influenced by his teacher’s style of composition. Langlais was a prolific composer, writing over 300 works for organ, choir, and orchestra. His 24 Pièces, written in the 1950s, is a collection of pieces for organ that showcases his unique style of composition.
The piece “Priere” from the 24 Pièces is a reflective and meditative work that is characteristic of Langlais’ style. The piece is written in a modal style, with a slow and steady tempo that creates a sense of solemnity and reverence. The piece is also highly chromatic, with frequent use of dissonance and chromaticism to create a sense of tension and drama. The piece is a reflection of Langlais’ musical life, as it combines elements of his teacher’s style with his own unique approach to composition.
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