Fantasia, Adagio and Fugue in C major - (2011)
for Barry Jordan, Magdeburger Dom
college friend, Manuel Rosales, was invited to advise on and voice the new
smaller organ in the Magdeburg cathedral's Remter.
Remter is an older word equivalent to the Latin, refectorium, and
the room was at one time the large, vaulted dining hall of a cloister. The
room is now used for worship in addition to the cathedral itself, and a new
organ of 22 stops was commissioned to be built by Glatter-Götz Orgelbau in
Owingen, and voiced with the expert ears of Manuel. The booklet detailing
the work mentions specifically the concept was for an instrument capable of
clear Baroque, contrapuntal speech. I visited Manuel and Stefan twice, and
had a chance to see the work and the other instruments there. Barry Jordan
was kind enough to give me a short tour of the second "Paradise" organ in
the cathedral itself, after I had lunched with Manuel and Stefan and
auditioned the new two-manual instrument being built and voiced.
contrapuntal tradition, the main theme of the work as at measure five is
announced in the left hand, and then begins to move through the range of the
instrument. The voice leading moves quickly through Lydian and Aeolian
harmonic colors relating to the tonic of C major.
adagio section is lightly imitative, moving from dominant to sub-mediant
regions as an episode away from the bright tonic of the piece.
theme then is treated as a fugue subject, moving across the range of the
instrument, and in the final statements the pedal takes the major part in
restating the theme fortissimo.
10 pages, circa 8' 15" - MP3 demo is here
Manuel Rosales, Barry Jordan, Stefan Stürzer and the composer in Magdeburg
Barry Jordan studied at the University of Cape Town, earning his Bachelor of
Music (1979) and Master of Music in composition (1985), was organ scholar at
St. George’s Cathedral (Anglican), and studied thereafter at Vienna's
Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, and in Lübeck studying with
Martin Haselböck, then assistant to Hans Gebhard at Kiel's church of St.
Nikolai and later Kantor and Organist of the Osterkirche, thence appointed
Organist and choral director of Magdeburg Cathedral in 1994, receiving the
2004 he received the honorary title of Kirchenmusikdirektor in 2004.
For more about Jordan and his music programs, see his pages on the
Magdeburger Dom website,
Fantasia, Adagio and Fugue in C major