The "Noëls" by Jean-François Dandrieu (1682-1738), Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772), and Claude-Bénigne Balbastre (1727-1799) are all organ variations on French carols of the day. Some of the noëls were popular tunes (even drinking songs) adapted to the season with words about the Christmas story or other biblical subjects. It was traditional for organists to improvise on these tunes before Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Daquin drew huge crowds, and Balbastre was eventually forbidden to play at Midnight Mass because it was thought that the many people who came to hear his improvisations didn't bring the proper devotional spirit. Some of the noël variations were written down and published (in Dandrieu's case, many of the variations were borrowed from his uncle Pierre Dandrieu, c. 1664-1733), so we can hear today how these highly ornamented and inventive variations show off the many colors of the instrument. Two common techniques: "en musette" texture, meaning the pedal holds a drone note in imitation of the sound of a bagpipe, and "tambourin" parts, repeated notes on the organ imitating a drum rhythm.
The Bach pieces are all settings of Advent and Christmas tunes that would have been played before or during church services during the appropriate season. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is our organ arrangement of the chorale from the Cantata BWV 147. "Wachet Auf" is Bach's own arrangement of the tenor movement from the Cantata BWV 140. The remaining Bach pieces are chorale preludes from the Orgelbüchlein.
The Gracia Baptista work is the earliest known keyboard work by a woman composer. It is a setting of the advent hymn Conditor Alme, still sung today as "Creator of the Stars of Night."
How does one accurately categorize music?
Music is one of those human arts to which it is most difficult to apply taxonomies.
1. by general genre: country vs. rock-and-roll
2. by era: Baroque vs. Romantic
3. by instrument: organ music vs. guitar music
4. by nationality: German music vs. American music
5. by cultural regions of the world: Eastern music vs. Western music
6. by performer structure: ensemble vs. solo vs. duet vs. choir vs. symphony orchestra
7. by instrumental or voice
9. subdivisions within genres: punk rock vs. folk rock vs. hard rock
Ventimiglia: per la rassegna 'Percorsi Musicali 2014', domani sera Recital dell .. — Sanremonews
Ha effettuato numerose incisioni discografiche, tra le quali spiccano l'opera organistica di Carlo Mosso, registrata in prima mondiale per la prestigiosa etichetta TACTUS, ed il recentissimo ' Johann Sebastian Bach – Christmas organ music' edito da ..