GUY BOVET (b.1942): Toccata, Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (1967 and 1973 versions), 3 petits préludes anglais, Den die Hirten lobten sehre, Puer natus in Bethlehem, Wie schön leucht uns der Morgenstern, Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, O Kamm Gottes unschuldig, Fuga sopra un soggetto, Le Boléro du Divin Mozart, Ricercare, Toccata planyavska, 3 préludes hambourgeois.
Catalogue Number: 04S067
Reference: 320 0675-2
Format: CD reissue
Description: Predating our watch at RI, this reissue forced us to offer it because of the following label blurb: “The organ compositions heard here span thirty-five years of contemporary music history. There's the youthful Guy Bovet, who was very much enamored with Bernstein's West Side Story, the masterful improviser of later years, and a virtuoso who, strangely enough, has never developed a one-sided compositional bias for his instrument. Bovet, who has spent many years in the United States, has kept his eyes and ears open to the world around him. Fuga sopra un soggetto includes Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther" melody, and Sarasota (one of the “Hamburg Preludes”) is set in the Everglades. According to the composer, in this piece we hear jazz from the south and see how alligators on their daily rounds come creeping out of the canals ‘into the gardens and eat up dogs and babies.’ Bovet's observations-in-sound about music seldom do without irony. Would Ravel's Bolero really have sounded much better if Mozart had penned it? Bovet's music is funny, galant, and incredibly difficult to play. ‘But it's no big deal if you make a few mistakes. The advantage of my music, in contrast to Bach's, is that mistakes can only improve mine, whereas his is made less good.’" Guy Bovet (organ of St. Petri, Cuxhaven). Original 1996 release.