Category:  Organ / Sacred Music

Movements: I: In principio
II: Time of the stars
III: Time of the people
IV: Finale: Amen

Duration: 24

Publisher of notes/sheet music: schott Music GmbH Mainz , ED 20668 , 2009

Instrumentation: Organ with 4 manuals

Solo instruments: Orgel

Introduction: Organ Symphony No. 7 'Von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit' is dominated by the theme of 'time': from the flowing rumbling of time in ancient beginnings ('In principio' - 1st movement) and periodic to the intellectually incomprehensible revolving ('Zeit der Sterne' - 2nd movement). After the third movement ('Zeit des Menschen'), a valse triste, infused by an almost humorous hectic atmosphere, the symphony ends with a kind of 'Amen!' in the fourth movement. Schneider sums it up: 'It is good as it is, we do not understand the course of time anyway.' With regard to style, his composition is based on elements of minimal music which he combines with the tradition of the European organ composition; it is at the same time a testimony to the composer's flexibility and versatility.

Dedication: Dedicated to Kunibert Schäfer

World premiere:  10.11.2009, Stiftsbasilika Waldsassen

Performers at world premiere: Professor Kunibert Schäfer/ Regensburg Music Academy