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David BRIGGS: Marche Episcopale (2000)

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Published on Oct 13, 2013

David BRIGGS: Marche Episcopale (2000)
Recorded on the organ of Gloucester Cathedral

Recording producer: Lance Andrews

This is the first track of Chestnut Music CD 001 ~ 'Dreamworld', also featuring other organ commissions and a Song Cycle for Tenor and Piano.

CDs/downloads and also hard-copy/PDF scores of this Marche Episcopale are available directly from: www.david-briggs.org

Can you think of another March in 3/4 time?

This Marche Episcopale is perhaps ideally suited to processions of Bishops with three legs...

Photographs and iMovie presentation by David BRIGGS

Additional photos: Nilfanion and Stephen Piggott

Photograph of David Briggs at St Sulpice ~ Paul Carr

Marche Episcopale was commissioned by the Incorporated Association of Organists (UK) in 2000 for inclusion in their publication 'The Millennium Organ Book'.

Imagine the scenario: a brilliant, cold morning in rural France. A great Gothic Cathedral, a riotous panoply of sound emanating from the north bell tower, the nave crammed with hundreds of worshippers and on-lookers. Sunlight, streaming in through the medieval glass, illuminates the social bubble. Clouds of incense waft towards the vaulting high above. It's 10.41 am and the annual 'Messe Episcopale' is already eleven minutes late starting. Chaos reigns at the west end as the servers, priests and visiting bishops wonder frantically who has the information sheet about the order of procession. High up in the Organ tribune. Monsieur le Fevre, the Titulaire des Grandes Orgues peers into the tiny shaving mirror, screwed precariously onto the C18th organ case and waits for the first glimpse of the processional cross. He calms his nerves with one more half-smoked Gitanne and applies another squirt of expensive French cologne. Gradually, like a human tidal wave, everybody stands and the conversation level increases. Maitre le Fevre rushes to the organ bench, trips on the step, and manically dives towards the red 'tutti general' button on his futuristic (if somewhat dishevelled and electrically precarious) 5 manual console. The Grand-Orgue is suddenly ready for takeoff and begins to roar its way up the nave from underneath the mediaeval rose window. The whole magnificent gothic structure is now flooded with sound....

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