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Jérôme Faucheur, France

Jérôme Faucheur was born in Lille in 1953, the city where Louis Vierne first heard the organ at the age of five on the occasion of his parents taking him to ‘L’Eglise de Ste Maurice’. Vierne later said: ‘I had a very hard time imagining how one man on his own could get from this instrument these mysterious rich sounds, both stormy and calm: it seemed like something out of a fairy-tale.’

In 1974 Jérôme Faucheur was awarded the ‘Medaille d’Or’ for organ and improvisation at the Conservatoire National in Lille, and also won First Prize in the ‘Tournois du Royaume de la Musique’ organised by the French Broadcasting Corporation (ORTF). Having obtained the ‘Diplome Superieur d'Orgue’ from the ‘Institut de Musique Sacree’ in Rouen, he continued his studies in Paris, notably with Jean Langlais and Rolande Falcinelli.

Jérôme Faucheur is currently the Professor for Organ in the school of music of Comines and Hazebrouck, and the Lille Institute of Sacred Music. He is also the titular organist of the parishes of Wambrechies and Bondues. He has played more than 350 organ recitals in the United States, England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Luxemburg, Italia and Spain. He has also recorded The German Romantic Organ, organ works by Louis Vierne, and written an organ method book for beginners, edited by the Belgian editor Chantraine.

The Organ in Catholic Liturgy: The French Tradition

Jointly organised by
The Singapore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and
The Liturgical Music Committee of the Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Singapore

Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 7.30 – 9.45 pm
Church of St. Ignatius, 120 King’s Road
FEE: $20 (cash only)

About the Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate how an organist performs his role in the context of the Catholic liturgy, especially the Mass. Through accompanying the people, solos and improvisations, the organist interprets liturgical texts, seasons and rites, adding an important dimension to our worship.

The French organ tradition is especially rich in this respect, and we are indeed privileged to have someone from that tradition share with us his musical vocation. This workshop is an opportunity for us to encounter the organ afresh, to be inspired and to imagine new possibilities, for ourselves and our communities.

PipeWorks 2007: Jérôme Faucheur

Thursday, 1 November 2007, 8 pm
Orchard Road Presbyterian Church, 3 Orchard Road [locate]
FREE ADMISSION

Programme

Jehan Titelouze (1563-1633)
Celestis urbs Jerusalem

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Two chorale-preludes:
Ach Herr, mit armen Sünder, BuxWV178
Ein fest Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV184

César Franck (1822-1890)
Prayer in C sharp minor

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Final (from the ‘Little Mass’)

Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Two songs of Brittany:
Carol of Brittany
Meditate on Eternity

Gaston Litaize (1909-1991)
Liturgical prelude no. XVIII
Toccata sur le ‘Veni Creator’

Improvisation on a given theme