32 Foot: The Organ of Bach
26 Aug 2013
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Other participants: BL!NDMAN, Koen Maas, Roeland Vanhoorne, Piet Rebel, Raf Minten, Eric Sleichim
In Bach’s time, the organ was like a huge synthesiser; the ‘king of instruments’ with its myriad hues and possibilities. In order to play polyphonous music, the organist, by changing manuals, has access to a range of registers through which the tissue of voices can be followed perfectly. The quartet can achieve this differentiation by utilising the very specific spectrums of each saxophone – soprano, alto, tenor and baritone.
When arranging organ works, you are constantly confronted with melodies whose high or low notes are beyond the reach of one of the individual saxes. Exciting call-and-response playing then comes into play, where motifs and melodies are passed on almost unnoticed, like in a musical relay. The instrumentation closely follows the structure of the music, like the play of themes, counter-themes and spill-over passages in the fugues, or the variation technique in the Passacaglia.