Ave Maria » for organ
Duration : 3 minutes
At the beginning
of Summer 1985, at the Ministry of Cultures invitation, I attended,
a Congress of Sacred Music which was held in Pont-à-Mousson (Meurthe-et-Moselle).
The meetings included some very exciting and striking moments.
Following these events I was asked by the « Agence Technique de
lOrgue de la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur
» to participate in a competition of composition for organ : it
was a matter of promoting the liturgical gregorian chants heritage
through pieces written in a contemporary language for a two-manual-and-one-pedalboard
organ, easy enough to be performed by most of parish organists.
I wrote this piece as a consequence of this Congress : it was my way of
expressing my gratitude and appreciation.
On the other hand, it was in my early youth that by chance I was introduced
into the gregorian chant by a college chaplain, who had a strong personality
: he was a Benedictine monk from « La Source » Abbey (Paris),
was very fond of music, and deeply motivated to teach children and teenagers
the gregorian cantilena in the best tradition.
This is the origin of this short unpretentious piece for organ.
The selection committee, with Daniel Roth as foreman of the jury, retained
five pieces, one of them is this « Ave Maria ».