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Catalogue No: M221108531
ISMN: 9790221108531
Biblical Scenes Op45

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Department: Woodwind - Oboe & Cor Anglais

Instrumentation: Oboe, Organ

Publisher: Simrock

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"In the "Biblical Scenes", organ and oboe paraphrase texts from the book of Genesis. The five movements evoke for me formal associations such as Toccata, Meditation, Fantasy, Elegy and Contemplation in a late-Romantic sense, very much as in French organ music. At the same time, the oboe continually punctuates the form, creates moments of tranquillity, caesuras, appears in alternation or in combination with the organ. Cantabile or, better, expressive solo figures occur in the oboe part, in which the organ intervenes, there are two-part pedal passages, motif development arises out of recitativo passages, striking cries in the oboe combine with massive mixtures in the organ to create dramatic scenes. Hummel's "Biblical Scenes" are a remarkable example of meditative, text-based church music.

fonoforum, 6th June, 1978

The performers are urged "to play the sections together and avoid any quick changes of registration". the piece is a true concert work and is difficult for both performers. very descriptive writing, especially in the flood movement. Appropriate for concerts.

James H. Laster (in: Catalogue of Music for Organ and Instruments, Oxford 2005)

In den "Biblischen Szenen" paraphrasieren Orgel und Oboe Texte aus der Genesis. Fünf Sätze, zu denen sich bei mir formale Assoziationen wie Toccata, Meditation, Phantasie, Elegie und Kontemplation im Sinne spätromantischer, gerade auch französischer Orgelmusik einstellen. Dabei bricht die Oboe immer wieder die Form auf, schafft Ruhepunkte, Zäsuren, wirkt alternativ oder additiv mit der Orgel zusammen. Kantable, mehr noch expressive Solofiguren sind ihr zugeteilt, in die dann die Orgel einfällt, es gibt zweistimmige Pedalführungen, motivische Arbeit wächst aus rezitativischen Passagen, zu dramatischen Szenen ballen sich scharfe Oboenschreie mit den massigen Mixturen der Orgel. Hummels "Biblische Szenen" sind ein hörenswertes Beispiel meditativer, textassoziativer Geistlicher Musik.

fonoforum 6.6.1978"