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Joaquín Turina

Dos piezas para órgano / Two pieces for organ

In the Two pieces for organ, Turina Ediciones brings together in a single publication the two works that Joaquín Turina dedicated to the organ (or harmonium): Prelude, op. 10 (1913), and Musette, op. 13 (1914), the original editions of which are practically unfindable today.
The Prelude was included in the sixth volume (Foreign School) of the Les Maîtres Contemporains de l'Orgue collection, made up of unpublished pieces for Organ or Harmonium compiled and published by Abbot Joseph Joubert (1878-1963), organist of the great organ of the cathedral of Luçon. The publication was made by Édition Maurice Senart & Cie (Paris) in 1914.

Joseph Joubert was born in Coëx and was ordained a priest in 1922, being appointed secretary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Luçon in 1919. He studied at the Schola Cantorum in Paris in 1903 and 1904, abandoning his studies to take charge of the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Luçon after the sudden death of his predecessor, occupying the position of organist from 1904 to 1935, and later from 1940 to 1946. He died in Luçon in 1963.

He asked a large number of composers for unpublished pieces for organ or harmonium, collecting 590 scores that were published in 8 volumes between 1912 and 1914 by Éditions Maurice Senart de Paris, under the name Les Maîtres Contemporains de l'Orgue.
In the following video you can listen to the Prelude, played on harmonium by Dirk Luijmes and included on his CD "Harmonium Atlas" (Quintone Records, 2019, https://www.quintone.nl/).

The Musette was published in 1915 by Casa Erviti in San Sebastián in the first volume of a collection that Reverend Nemesio Otaño, S.J., compiled under the title Practical organic anthology for ecclesiastical functions, with works by contemporary Spanish organists, divided into two volumes.

The composer and musicologist Nemesio Otaño (1880-1956) was organist at the Basilica of Loyola and director of the choir at Comillas Pontifical University. At the end of the civil war he was part of the first General Commissariat of Music, and between 1940 and 1951 he directed the Madrid Conservatory.

In the following video the Musette is played by José Enrique Ayarra, canon organist of the Cathedral of Seville, and is included in the CD "500 years of organ music in the Cathedral of Seville" (Fonoruz, 2007).

We hope that this joint publication of both pieces contributes to their greater dissemination, since they are two very little known works, even in the most specialized field of organists, in part due to their publication -very impractical- in collections or anthologies that were never reissued, without the works that comprised them being independently published.

The score of this new edition of the Two pieces for organ by Joaquín Turina is available at Ximart Ediciones Musicales S.L. (https://www.asesores-musicales.com)