The Complete Organ Music of Nicholas de Grigny
Nicholas de Grigny (1672–1703) left behind only a single volume of organ music, his Premier livre d’orgue, presented here in a new, critical urtext edition. The music has been edited by Wayne Leupold, who has, in concert with Sean Redrow, compiled the editorial report. This critical commentary not only discusses differences between the 1699 edition and the Bach and Walther handwritten copies, but also French Classic organ registration practices, rhythm, and ornamentation, as contributed by Sean Redrow. Sandra Soderlund wrote part two of the preface, addressing French Classic fingering practices and dance rhythms. John D.B. Hamilton provided an English translation of the Latin liturgical texts. Sarah Long contributed historically appropriate versions of late seventeenth-century mass chants and hymns.
James David Christie has been internationally acclaimed as one of the finest organists of his generation. He has performed around the world with symphony orchestras and period instrument ensembles, as well as in solo recitals. His career was launched after he won First Prize in the 1979 Bruges (Belgium) International Organ Competition, where he was the first American ever to win First Prize and the first person in the competition’s eighteen-year history to win both the First Prize and the Prize of the Audience. He has served as Boston Symphony Orchestra organist since 1978, and given more than fifty tours of Europe and performs regularly in Canada, Asia, Australia, and Iceland.
Mr. Christie is professor and chair of the organ department at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, distinguished artist-in-residence at College of the Holy Cross, and college organist at Wellesley College. He is music director of Ensemble Abendmusik, a Boston-based period instrument orchestra and chorus specializing in sacred music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the New England School of Law for his outstanding contributions to the musical life of Boston, and the New England Conservatory honored him with its Outstanding Alumni Award. He has served on more than forty international organ competition juries in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Japan. He has recorded extensively and received several awards for his solo recordings.
Wayne Leupold holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from Valparaiso University, Indiana; a Master of Music in organ performance from Syracuse University; and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Valparaiso University Alumni Association. He has edited more than three hundred volumes of organ music. In 1989, he founded the music publishing company, Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc., with the purpose of publishing organ teaching materials and organ music from all national schools and historical periods.