Is Léon Boëllmann’s Heures Mystiques organ music? by Joris Verdin

by Joris Verdin | Het ORGEL | Year 97 | (2001) | Issue 5
Joris Verdin Is Léon Boëllmann’s Heures Mystiques organ music?
Het ORGEL 97 (2001), nr. 5, 12-19 [summary]

Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897) liked the harmonium. Many pieces from Heures Mystiques aremeant to be played on harmonium, as are large parts of César Frank’sL’Organiste. This can be concluded from the Preface to Heures Mystiques, from the waythe pieces are composed, from the registration indications and several dynamic aspects.

Some of the pieces can be played on the organ, although this may result in a loss ofdynamic qualities. Boëllmann demonstrated with the Suite Gothique and the Deuxième Suitethat he could write proper organ music as well.