Published on Dec 18, 2019
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This is my entry for the Secrets of Organ Playing Contest Week 51.

I'm playing Toccata sur "Il est né, le divin Enfant" by Denis Bédard. This is the second piece in his collection titled Deux Noëls. I played the first piece, Noël Huron for the contest in week 49. The direct translation of "Il est né, le divin Enfant" is "He is born, the divine Child". It's a French Christmas carol and Bédard has used the theme as the basis for the composition. It's also typically in French Toccata style—that being, busy manual work with the tune underpinned in the pedals. It's definitely a satisfying piece to play and I will be using it for the Christmas services next week.

I hope you enjoy my rendition of this Toccata. The inspiration for learning this piece is from a good musical friend by the name of John. Last year I sent him a recording of Bédard's Variations sur 'In dulci jubilo'. He enjoyed it and then he asked me:

Have you worked on Bédard's Toccata sur "Il est né, le divin Enfant"? It's a piece I've wanted to play for ages

So there we have it...I frantically learned the piece in the last couple of weeks after all my recital engagements were finished for the year.

This was recorded on the organ at St. Bartholomäus church in Friesach using the Hauptwerk VPO software.

Yours truly,

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