Stille Nacht heilige Nacht
A beautiful triptych of the most famous Christmas carol. Atmospheric, subtle, lyrical, playful and original.
20 pages incl. cover.
The Variations on 'Silent Night, Holy Night' is a surprising piece of - me until recently unknown - organist / composer Dick Klomp. He wrote the work in 1977 for the Rieger organ in the Abbey Marienstatt in Germany. The variations are also written for the potential of this great organ, but also feasible at any organ with decent features at least two manuals and pedal.
The melody of Silent Night I have always experienced as problematic in the sense that on the one hand an overly creative use it often may seem contrived, and the other a conservative treatment can evoke a smell of corny ... Nothing of them in Klomp's variations. The first variation is a pearling carillon for the right hand (with flutes 8 ', 4', and 1 '), the left first motivational sounds from the melody, later two voices throughout the melody against his reversal. At least written so clever is the second variation where again the left hand plays the whole melody, while the right hand plays two beautiful 3/4 vote against. The combination of 3/4 and 6/8 elaborated convincing, and provides a 'fascinating' effect for player and listener. Variation 3 consists of two parts: Part 1 is an imitation heard between two flutes, very quite to the melody of Silent Night related, which long pedal notes provide tonal stability; Part 2 is a real feel for the operation Voix Céleste in the left hand with chords that evoke an early 20th century French atmosphere (think Vierne, and Langlais Alain), while pedal and right vary in a fairly meter motifs from the melody. This part is very successful evokes a meditative, but never boring or too sweet atmosphere.
The piece is called a great asset to the Christmas repertoire, and very suitable for use in worship (variation 1 and 3, for example, before or after the service, or during the collection, variation 2 as foreplay) or during Christmas concerts. It is hoped that Dick Klomp will make more of themselves heard as a composer! Finally, the issue of Celesta Music can be called nothing less than exemplary, with a bilingual preface (Dutch and English) with information about the composer and advice on implementation. The notes are very clear, and it is almost always possible to turn the pages by yourself. Highly recommended!