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Louis Vierne


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« on: May 05, 2022, 10:13:47 am »

Louis Vierne was born at Poitiers in 1870.

He used both sonata-allegro form and cyclic form. His highly chromatic style functions within a harmonic framework: tonal centres are sustained by pedal points, inverted pedal points and ostinatos. In Vierne's later works increased tonal ambiguity almost suggests bitonality. Themes usually contain modal elements and employ syncopated rhythmic patterns. Often derived from small melodic units, Vierne's themes became increasingly chromatic throughout his life, to the extent that one of the themes in each of the first two movements of his Sixth Symphony employed all twelve notes of the chromatic scale.

Piano Quintet in C Minor, opus 42, of 1918.

It has three movements:

I. Poco lento - Moderato
II. Larghetto sostenuto
III. Maestoso - Allegro molto risoluto

And it was played by:

Anne Robert, violin
Marcelle Mallette, violin
Neal Gripp, viola
Elizabeth Dolin, cello
Jamie Parker, piano



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