Category:  Organ / Sacred Music , Recordings

A light-footed concert for organ and strings! - ECHO. CONCERT FOR ORGAN AND STRING ORCHESTRA is inspired in its mood by the myth of the mountain nymph Echo: Condemned to silence and gossip about other people's speeches by the goddess Hera, she falls in love with the young Narcissus. However, he is not interested in Echo and is only in love with his own beauty. Thereupon, Echo is lonely in the woods, consumed by heartache... until only 'Echo' is left of her. -
In the foreground is undoubtedly the playful joy of unconstrained virtuoso music-making - naive and nymph-like, so to speak. The musical form of the echo (as repetition, as a canon, etc.) is often implemented.

Movements: by Enjott Schneider:
ECHO. Concerts for organ and orchestra
-Dance
-Echo & Narcissus
-Finale (Presto)

Duration: 23:43

Publisher of notes/sheet music: Schott Musik International , 2005

Instrumentation: Organ and strings

Solo instruments: Organ

Introduction: ECHO. CONCERT FOR ORGAN AND STRING ORCHESTRA is inspired by the myth of the mountain nymph Echo: Doomed by the goddess Hera to silence and gossip about other people's speeches because of her babbling, she falls in love with the young Narcissus. However, he is not interested in Echo and is only in love with his own beauty. Thereupon, Echo is lonely in the woods, consumed by heartache... until only 'Echo' is left of her. If one draws a line from Händel's joy of playing to the charm of César Franck's melody and harmony and the insistence of minimalist music, the stylistics of this unproblematic organ concerto is well described. The focus is undoubtedly on the playful joy of unconstrained virtuoso music-making - naive and nymph-like, so to speak. The musical form of the echo (as repetition, as a canon, etc.) is often implemented. In the background the movements can also be seen programmatically:
Movement 1: 'Dance' describes the mountain nymph Echo in its light dancing manner; a 11/8 time characterizes the basic rhythm.
Movement 2: 'Echo and Narcissus' describes the glow of love, the courtship, the melancholic songs of the nymph, and is somewhat more profound in harmony and melody (based on an eight-tone mode and an eight-tone series of motives). A ritornello in the style of the violin concerto in A minor by J.S.Bach indicates the proximity of the entire composition to baroque musicality.
Movement 3: Finale (Presto) is a virtuoso movement which, beyond the melancholy typical of Echo, has something of the 'talkative', 'cheerful' and 'beautiful' of mythological tradition.

Records:  Guild GMCD 7264,  2003

Performers on recording: Franz Hauk (Ingolstadt minster organ)
Georgian chamber orchestra Ingolstadt
Direction: Markus Poschner