repertoire is fairly large, and I have been labelled over the years as a specialist of
early Spanish music, French Baroque and Romantic repertoire, Jehan Alain,
Gothic music, music by Brahms and Schumann, even of Bach’s music... Indeed,
I spent much time earlier in my life with each of these styles, but now
I play everything, with great pleasure.
now, here is some of the music I enjoy most playing :
Spanish music (always !), music from the Italian earlier and
mid-19th century (the "Serassian school"), Schumann's
complete works for organ or pedal piano, Liszt, Widor's Symphonie
Romane, Jehan Alain's music, and of course, good old Bach. I
also often play my own music, which is of course not the best
in the world, but people usually enjoy it !
charming multimedia presentation of the organ, its history, technical and
musical features, for children from age 6, and also for the grown-ups, with slide projections, narration,
and organ music. Exists in English, French, German, Japanese, Finnish.
Drawings, text and music by myself.
a narrator, an organ, a screen and a slide or CD-Rom projector.
about 30 minutes
pilgrimage to Fribourg
In 1836, Franz Liszt undertook
a trip to Chamonix, with Marie d'Agoult, the writer George Sand
and her children, and Major Pictet from Geneva, inventor of
deadly explosives for the Swiss Army. Both Sand and Pictet have
written very amusing reports about this trip. On the way back
to Geneva, the party stopped in Fribourg to see the famous organ
by Aloys Mooser. This program requires a reader and includes
works by Liszt (the Dante symphony, "Les Morts" with
a texte by Abbé Lamennais, and several shorter pieces), Vogt
(the famous Fribourg thunderstorm), Mozart (a transcription
of the "Dies Irae" from the Requiem), and Rossini's
ouverture of "William Tell". For the moment, the text
is available in French and German, but a translation into English
would be easy to make.
delightful full evening event with excerpts of this famous diary of the
1660’s, music by Purcell, Pepys and others, and a meal cooked after Sam’s
books of recipes.
a harpsichord (optional bass string instrument), singer (barytone) and
reader, and if possible, a cook !
very unusual program features one of my last compositions, a set of
12 Tangos written in the style of early Spanish organ music. The organist
reads his humorous comments.
be performed on any type, any size of organ, but preferably in the Baroque
style. See details on the page "Texts".
of silent movies
permanent contact with two large theatre organs, I have developed
a speciality of accompaning silent movies on the organ. Very large
repertoire of films from Buster Keaton to F.W. Murnau. Some movies are also
suitable for a church.