BACH and the romantics
published on 27/09/2011 in 2011

The Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 8:30 pm

– Mastery of Notre-Dame de Paris,
Large organ : Jean-Pierre LEGUAY
– Management: Lionel SOW and the students of the CNSMDP Executive class


Continuing its partnership with the conductor class of the Conservatoire National Superiorof music and dance of Paris, sacred music at Notre-Dame de Paris allows young chefs in formation to confront the choral leadership. After the success of the "Christmas Oratorio" in 2010, the young chefs will approach the direction of Bach, Mendelssohn, Reger and Brahms's Capella works. Jean-Pierre Leguay will complement this programme with Bach's pieces at the great organ, reminding us how many of these nineteenth-century German composers were influenced by the genius of the Leipzig Cantor.


Jean Sébastien Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV546 – great organ –

Jean Sébastien Bach : Komm, Jesu KOMM
Direction Alexandre Bloch
Continuo: Coralie Amedjkane, Ganaël Schneider, positive organ; Rémy Petit, Sarah Catil, cello; Vincent Perrotin, double bass.

Félix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Sonata n ° 4 in b flat major (extracts: The religious, Allegretto) – great organ –

Félix Mendelssohn : Wenn WIR in höchsten Nöten sein
Direction Quentin Hindley

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Chorales The Jesu herzliebster And O Gott, of the former Gott – great organ –

Johannes Brahms : A. drei Mottetten Op. 110
ICH Aber bin Elend
ACH, Welt weapon
Wenn WIR in höchsten Nöten sein
Direction Mathieu Romano

Johannes Brahms
Chorales Es ist ein Ros'entsprungen And Herzlich tut Mich verlangen – great organ –

Max Reger (1873-1916): O Tod, wie bitter bis of
from the Geistliche GesängeOp. 110 No. 3
Direction Lionel sow


Lionel SOW

After training as a violinist, first at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris C.N.R. (1st prize in 1996), then with Annie JODRY at the National School of Music of Fresnes (Virtuosity Award in 1998), Lionel SOW turns to the choir direction.

He took a musical training at the C.N.R. and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de dance in Paris, crowned by numerous first prizes: harmony, counterpoint, Fugue (in the class of Thierry ESCAICH), choir direction (in the class of Patrick MARCO), direction of Gregorian chant, Twentieth century writing and Renaissance counterpoint. He obtained the certificate of competency in the direction of vocal ensembles in 2005.

Along with singing studies with Nicole FALLIEN, and conducting with Jean-Jacques WERNER, he took over several vocal ensembles specialising in early and baroque music.

With the mastery of the small singers of Saint-Christophe, which he runs since 1995, he recorded in 2000 the Requiem and the Wailing by Jean GILLES, en 2003 LA Matthaüs Passion of H. Sch Ütz and En 2004 Geistliche Lieder by J. BRAHMS and A. BRUCKNER.

In January 2000, Lionel SOW was the artistic director of the ensemble vocal Les Temperamens, and in September 2002, he became assistant to Nicole CORTI in the mastery of Notre-Dame de Paris where he led the children's choir.

Since 2004, he regularly conducts the choir of Radio France for a capella concerts or the preparation of programmes with orchestra.

In September 2006, Lionel SOW took over the direction of the ensemble of Notre-Dame de Paris (Children's choir, young ensemble and choir of adults).


Jean - Pierre LEGUAY

Since 1985, Jean-Pierre Leguay is organist of the great organ of Notre-Dame de Paris with Olivier Latry And Philippe Lefebvre.

Jean-Pierre LEGUAY studied in particular with André Marchal, Gaston LITAIZE, then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, with Simone PLE-CAUSSADE (writing), Rolande FALCINELLI (organ) and Olivier MESSIAEN (composition).

1st Prize for organ and improvisation by unanimity and composition at the CNSM of Paris, 1st Prize for improvisation on the organ of the international Competition of Lyon, 2nd Prize for improvisation on the piano of the same competition, winner of the International Improvisation competition in The organ of Haarlem, graduate of the Gregorian Institute of Paris, Grand Prix of organ with very good mention of the Union of the French Federation of Sacred Music; 1st Prize of the international Composition competition of the Summer Academy of Nice, Special prize of the international Composition competition of Erding (Germany). He was also a laureate of the Institut de France (Academy of Fine Arts): Composition Prize P. L. Weiller.

After having held the position of organist holding the great organ of the Church of Notre-Dame-des-Champs in Paris from 1961 to 1984, he was appointed organist of the great organs of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in 1985.

From 1968 to 1989, he teaches organ, improvisation and the history of music at the National Conservatory of Limoges region. From 1989 to 2003, he held the position of organ teacher and individual and collective improvisation at the National Conservatory of Dijon region.

Internationally recognized, Jean-Pierre LEGUAY pursues a career as an organist-concertist, composer and improviser-on organ, piano and group-both in France and abroad (Europe, USA, Canada, Asia). He is frequently invited by French and foreign radios, academies, universities and conservatories.

Jean-Pierre LEGUAY has written, to date, more than sixty works for various instrumental and vocal formations. He has received numerous commissions from the Ministry of Culture, Radio-France, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique de Paris, the International competition of Chartres, sacred music at Notre-Dame de Paris, the Scottish Arts Council of Edinburg, the Festival de León (Spain), De la Massana Festival (Andorra)... His works are published mainly in Billaudot, Jobert, H. Lemoine, Symmetry and Universal (Wien).

He has recorded several CDs devoted to the 17th to 21st century repertoire (Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Liszt, Viere, Franck,...) as well as his own compositions and improvisations (editions Euromuses, Festivo, Gallo, Hortus, Lade, 3d Classics, Triton...). In addition, he has largely participated, as an improviser, in the music of the film "The Mysteries of the Cathedrals" directed by Jean-François Delassus, for the TV channel ARTE and Editions Montparnasse. His last CD with his "Missa Deo Gratias" and his "sonatas II and III" for organ was rewarded in October 2008 by a "clash" of the magazine "The World of Music".

To consult Jean-Pierre LEGUAY's discography at Notre-Dame de Paris, Click here.


Sacred Music at Notre-Dame de Paris

Import-1184. jpgMusic has always been an integral part of the life of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral. It was at that time that the arches were raised in the sky to form the choir of the church, which was born in the school of Notre-Dame and its large polyphonys. The audacity of the cathedral builders responded to that of the musicians. Since then, the musical tradition of Notre-Dame de Paris has maintained itself at the highest level and each generation has come to bring its stone to the prestigious building that constitutes the musical history of the cathedral.

Aware of this secular heritage, the national and international influence of the activities and the excellence of the training provided by the master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, the state, the city of Paris and the diocesan Association of Paris decided In 1991 to create the Association sacred Music in Notre-Dame de Paris.

Responsible for the artistic and administrative coordination of all musical aspects of the cathedral, sacred music in Notre-Dame de Paris has for essential missions the musical teaching and the training of singers, the musical animation of Liturgical celebrations of the cathedral, the organization of concerts and hearings, the musicology research around the heritage of Notre-Dame de Paris, the diffusion and musical creation.

A very complete vocal and instrumental device is implemented at the service of these missions. The central element is the master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, composed of several ensembles (children's choir, young ensemble, Adult choir in professional formation, Gregorian Ensemble), to which are occasionally joined by baroque orchestras or Symphonic. The great organ, the choir organ and the team of organists attached to them are also major actors.

The concert season, the organ hearings on Sunday afternoon, the reception each year of fifty choirs from around the world, as well as the daily presence of the music at Notre-Dame de Paris, testify to a requirement of musical quality in Harmony with the exceptional vocation of this high place.


Find all the concerts of the 2011-2012 season by clicking here.


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