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Karl Höller - solo organ works 1

Edgar Krapp, organ
Jann-organ Concerthall Bamberg


amb 96894
EAN 4011392968942

Karl Höller (1907-1987)Chorale Partita “0 wie seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen” op.1
Chorale Variations “Helft mir Gottes Güte preisen” op. 22/1
Chorale Variations “Jesu meine Freude op. 22/2
Ciacona op. 54
Chorale Passacaglia “Die Sonn’ hat sich mit ihrem Glanz gewendet op. 61
“Zu Bethlehem geboren” Choral - Choralvorspiel

As the son of the cathedral organist in Bamberg, Karl Höller (1907–1987) grew up in a quintessentially musical environment. From his youth on, he was fascinated by the range of sounds that a large late romantic organ could produce. He once depicted these formative childhood years during an interview with a music journalist:
Composing, making music has been part of my life since birth. My father was organist for forty years at the Bamberg cathedral. My grandfather was the cathedral organist in Würzburg, where my great-grandfather had been organist. My father married a singer whose own father was an outstanding musician and choir director. Music was thus inevitable for me; I knew nothing other than music. I suppose my early years were especially nice for the very fact that I could grow up in Bamberg, the city of Romanticism, surrounded by marvelous architectural monuments and the atmosphere of E. T. A. Hoffmann. I grew up with the cathedral organ and began singing as a choirboy at the age of six. These early encounters with sacred music, with the old masters of polyphony, and, of course, with organ music—were all such pivotal, inescapable impressions that they later found their way into my works.