Balint Karosi, a Boston based composer and classical organist has been described as “ferociously talented” by WGBH Classical New England and praised as “a most impressive musical interpreter” by the noted Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. Balint continues his quest for new avenues of meaningful musical expression through his work in composition, interpretation and improvisation.">
Symphony #1 on a Chorale by Béla Bartók
This is my first symphony for solo organ that is based entirely on the chorale as heard in the second movement of the Bartók Concerto for Orchestra. The work is dedicated to my friend and wonderful colleague, László Fassang. The first performance took place at the First Lutheran Church of Boston on September 2, 2012, the Hungarian premiere at the Franciscan Church in Budapest on July 13, 2013.
The organ symphony is scored for a large concert organ with 3 (or more) manuals and pedal. The choice of the organ stops are indicated in the score, but I strongly encourage an individual adaptation of these suggestions to accommodate the particular colors of each organ, the taste of the performer and the character of the performing space.
1st Movement: Prelude, Chorale and Variations
The first movement starts with a prelude, using fragments of the chorale in a minimalistic, richly harmonic texture. This leads into the exposition of the chorale on the full organ followed by a set of variations.
In the variations I treat the chorale as a cantus firmus in a variety of styles and transformations.
2nd Movement: Night Music
The slow movement is in ABA form, A being a chordal re-harmonization of the chorale in thick, Messian-like chords, the B section is a chorale prelude using the CF in canon in a slow-paced richly contrapuntal texture.
3d Movement: Finale
The last movement is a virtuosic toccata in the French style infused with Bartokian 5/8 and 7/8 rhythms, the chorale is heard in the pedal at the climactic point towards the end of the piece.
Bálint Karosi is an award-winning composer, concert organist, harpsichordist and conductor.
" … he possesses an ear for silvery orchestral sonorities.." -- The Boston Globe (2015)
" .. a most impressive musical interpreter.." -- The Boston Musical Intelligencer (2011)
" .. a must-hear recording" -- Early Music America (2014)
“ Bálint Karosi inspired awe with the work’s marvelous scalar passages and fiery finish…" -- The Diapason (2014)
1st Prize: Leipzig International J. S. Bach Competition
1st Prize & Audience Prize: Dublin International Organ Competition
M.M.A. Yale University A.D., M.M., Oberlin Conservatory M.M. Liszt Academy Premier Prix, Conservatoire de Geneve
Composition: Existentia 2nd movement
Composition: Existentia 3d movement
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