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Joseph Kelemen Johann Kaspar Kerll: Available in weeks Price: Description hide Over years after the passacaglix of Johann Caspar Kerll, musicologists are pasxacaglia discover-ing his oeuvre. Johann Caspar Kerll was born in in Adorf, Saxony. Inhe was appointed electoral Bavarian court kapellmeister in Munich.

He composed his organ works paesacaglia his years in Vienna, beginning inand died in Munich in The works which Kerll explicitly composed for organ exhaust all musical and technical resources of the instruments of the period. For many years, insignificant harpsichord and organ works of other composers were ascribed to him; a great part of his vocal works has still not been published. Johann Caspar Kerll, born in in Adorf, Saxony, probably received his first musical training from his father, organist Caspar Kerll.

While still a youngster, Johann Caspar entered the service of Habsburg Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, who sent him from Vienna to Rome to continue kerkl studies. In Rome, Kerll studied at the Germanicum et Hungaricum Jesuit college from — with Giacomo Carissimi — ; it thus seems highly likely that Kerll knew Froberger, who was in Rome at the same time.

Immediately after finishing his studies in Rome, Kerll was engaged from — as court organist to Leopold Wilhelm in Brussels, who represented the Spanish king Philipp IV as vice-regent of the Netherlands. InKerll was appointed kapellmeister of the electoral Bavarian court in Munich, where he kerkl in the Dome of our Lady in Munich was an important way-station for Kerll.

He wrote music for the stage, church and chamber ensembles. Unfortunately, this productive period ker,l to an abrupt end 16 years later inwhen Kerll was insulted by an Italian musician in a fully inexcusable manner.


Johann Kaspar Kerll: Passacaglia

Kerll moved to Vienna. From —, he probably worked as the organist of St.

His keyboard works are most certainly the fruits of these Vienna years. Due to the agitations of the year the Turks stood before the portals of ViennaKerll returned to Munich, where he published his Magnificat verses titled Modulatio organica in The supplement to the Modulatio includes a catalog compiled by Kerll of his works to that date; it is one of the earliest printed work lists of an individual composer yet found.

This manuscript contained works of three composers: Froberger, Kerll and Johann Pachelbel — These three, together with Georg Muffat, were the most significant 17th century composers of keyboard music in Southern Germany.

Works 17th century composers often let performers decide which instrument to play their works on organ, harpsichord or clavichord. All other works can adequately be played on the harpsichord. The only exceptions are the four suites clearly for harpsichord and the liturgical, chorale-based Magnificat cycles, even though these are organ works.

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For a list of the works played here, please see Fig. The extensive, Italianate, written-out ornamentation is yet another example of this influence, being customary for 17th century keyboard music. The joyous canzonas are characterized by the contrapuntal refinement of their composition seconda and quinta as well as the strong-willed nature of their subjects. The rapid repetition of tones in the subjects of some pieces is also worth noting prima, terza and quarta.

The Battaglia, until recently considered to be a work of the Spanish composer Juan Cabanilles —uses a respectable number of drums, pipes and timpani to represent a battle scene. The Ciaccona and the Passacaglia, with their respective 20 and 40 variations over a two-bar bass theme, are masterworks of variation, while the Ricercata enthralls with its wonderfully sedate polyphonic texture. Whether Kerll was acquainted with this organ — finished in — e.

After a number of alterations, including one in by the Swiss company Kuhn, it underwent exemplary restoration by the Dutch company Gebr. Reil inwhich based its work on historical models to the greatest possible degree.

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Most of its pipes are still original. Pipes which had to be replaced were reconstructed pasascaglia on those found in comparable instruments e. In Southern Germany, organs were still tuned in mean-tone far into the 18th century e. Kerll will have taken this into consideration while composing the works played here, because a number of passages Ciaccona 4m. The f-sharp in the Toccata seconda 18 m.

An additional part of this program is the use of old fingerings. It is highly probable that the Venetian variant of such fingerings was used in Southern Germany during the 17th century, even though there were no clear geographical lines of demarcation between schools of fingerings.

The toccatas which form the backbone of this recording are arranged around two cornerstones. The second cornerstone is the Toccata sesta 11an outstanding example of the brilliant 17th century toccata with its cascading runs over an organ point, making it clearly a Plenum work. This recording takes advantage of the available colors and uses a total of nine different full chorus registrations.

The Toccata prima 1characterized by its impulsive drive, is a successful example of the harpsichord-oriented Italian toccata, and introduces the program with an Unterpositiv Plenum. Simultaneous performance by the hands on two different manuals remains the exception in the Southern German style, however. In the Italianate notation — also used by Southern German and Austrian masters — the right hand is assigned to the upper staves and the left hand to the lower ones — even when this contradicts logical voice leading.

In the course of the work mm. Toccata quarta Cromatica con durezze, e ligature Toccata sesta per il pedale