Music by Andreas Willscher


Carson Cooman has performed and recorded many pieces by German composer Andreas Willscher (b. 1955).

Willscher studied composition, theory, and organ in his native Hamburg. In 1971 he was appointed organist of the St. Francis Church in Hamburg and in 2000 at the church of St. Joseph-Wandsbek. In addition, he has been keyboardist for several jazz and rock ensembles. Willscher has received many awards and commissions for his compositions, which range widely in form: from symphonic music and oratorios to cabaret and rock scores. His organ works are very diverse, ranging from large-scale post-tonal pieces to some that blend elements of the traditional repertoire with contemporary jazz and pop influences. In addition to his own composition and performing activities, Willscher has published a number of literary and scientific articles in journals and encyclopedias and has been very active in collecting and preserving lost and forgotten music from earlier eras. In 1995, Willscher was awarded the Sudetendeutscher Culture Prize for Music and in 2012 the Ansgar Medal from the Archdiocese of Hamburg for services to church music. In 2015, in honor of his 60th birthday and life’s work as a musician, he received the Johann Wenzel Stamitz Prize from the Arts Guild of Esslingen.


Two CD releases are available:

Andreas Willscher: Organ Symphonies Nos. 19 & 20

 


 

Andreas Willscher: Organ Symphony No. 5, “Of Francis’s Preaching about Holy Poverty”

 


In addition to the music recorded on CD, Carson has recorded numerous pieces by Willscher that can be listened to online at Contrebombarde Concert Hall (online listening stream links), or YouTube (full playlist), or downloaded as MP3 files.

Abendlied der mährischen Brüder (Evening Song of the Moravian Brethren) (1990)
Online listening stream / MP3

Aquarium (2002)
1) Organ “Coral” (MP3)
2) Ray (MP3)
3) Burbot (MP3)
4) Seahorse (MP3)
5) Sea Anemone (MP3)
6) Sea Cucumber (MP3)
7) Sea Robin (MP3)
8) Seadragon (MP3)
9) Mudskipper (MP3)
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Alla marcia (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Ave Maria (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Batalla de Clarines (2013)
Online listening stream / MP3
Clair de Lune (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Die Glocken von Sainte-Radegonde (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Élévation (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Flöten-Solo (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Fughetta (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Hommage à Joseph Franck (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Notturno (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Postludium (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Sonnenblumenfeld (Sunflower Field) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Sternennacht (Starry Night) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Willscher: Orgelwerke, Band 3″

Carillonette (2016)
Online listening stream / MP3

Carillons für St. Joseph (2000)
Carillon in C
Online listening stream / MP3
Carillon-Musette
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Carillon in festo S. Francisci
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Carillon in den Bergen
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Carillon der Kirche von Haida
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Carillon der Kirche von Salbris
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Die Glocken von Bergerac (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Petit Carillon (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Carillons in der Orgelmusik”

Diptychon “Klar und trüb” (Clear and Cloudy) (2006)
1) Fughette über H-E-F-E; 2) Fughette über B-A-C-H
Online listening stream / MP3

Drei Wolken-Studien nach Gemälden von Eugène Boudin (2016)
1) Bleu (Plage en Normandie) (MP3)
2) Nuage d’orage (MP3)
3) Soleil couchant (MP3)
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Eisblumen (Ice Crystals) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Kleines Carillon über G-F-H (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Regen (Rain) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Sarabande romantique (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Schnee (Snow) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Willscher: Orgelwerke, Band 1″

Fanfare über GAIDA (2013)
Online listening stream / MP3

Fantasie über Motive aus der Oper “Die Teichprinzess” von Gustav Willscher (2002)
Online listening stream / MP3

Five Marian Antiphons (2006)
1) Beata es, virgo Maria; 2) Assumpta est Maria; 3) Stabat sancta Maria; 4) Felix es, sacra Maria; Gaude, Maria Virgo
Online listening stream / MP3

Five Passacaglias for a November Rain (2006)
1) Andantino; 2) Moderato; 3) Ruhig fliessend; 4) Andante; 5) Andantino
Online listening stream / MP3

Fughette über A-F-F-E (Monkey) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Fughette über S-C-H-A-F (Sheep) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Fughette über E-C-H-S-E (Lizard) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Fughette über F-I-S-C-H (Fish) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Fughette über D-A-C-H-S (Badger) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Fughette über H-A-S-E (Rabbit) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3

Für eine gotische Madonna (Meditation) (2010)
Online listening stream / MP3

Hochzeitsmärschle (Little Wedding March) (2002)
Online listening stream / MP3

Hommage an Thomas Morus (2010)
1) Chimes (MP3)
2) Communion (MP3)
3) Halleluja (MP3)
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

In Epiphania Domini (5 Versets) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3

from Inventions (2006)
Abendglocken (Evening Bells)
Online listening stream / MP3
Allegro scherzando
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Angelus
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Capriccio “Die Kuhglocken”
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Caprice
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Chant modal
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Chant triste
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Choral
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Cornet
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Dies irae
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Echo-Fantasie
Online listening stream / MP3
Entrada
Online listening stream / MP3
Feuilles mortes (Fallen Leaves)
Online listening stream / MP3
Gebet zum Hl. Joseph
Online listening stream / MP3
Impromptu
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In Seven
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Kyrie
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Lied
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Musette
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Oiseaux tristes
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Petite Pastorale
Online listening stream / MP3
Prière à Maria Céline (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Prière à Saint-Eustache (Homage à Jean Guillou) (2006)
Online listening stream / MP3
Scherzetto grave
Online listening stream / MP3
Scherzinetto
Online listening stream / MP3
Thema und Variationen
Online listening stream / MP3
Toccatina
Online listening stream / MP3

Playlist of complete Inventions (2006)
YouTube

Kleines Wein-Brevier (Small Wine Breviary) (2002)
1) Domprobst
Online listening stream / MP3
2) Prälat
Online listening stream / MP3
3) Jesuitengarten
Online listening stream / MP3
4) Altärchen
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5) Hölle
Online listening stream / MP3
6) Großer Herrgott
Online listening stream / MP3
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Das Kreuzweg (Via Crucis) (1977/87/2010)
1) Jesus is condemned to death (MP3)
2) Jesus carries his cross (MP3)
3) Jesus falls the first time (MP3)
4) Jesus meets his mother (MP3)
5) Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross (MP3)
6) Veronica wipes the face of Jesus (MP3)
7) Jesus falls the second time (MP3)
8) Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem (MP3)
9) Jesus falls the third time (MP3)
10) Jesus is stripped of his garments (MP3)
11) Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross (MP3)
12) Jesus dies on the cross (MP3)
13) Jesus’ body is placed in the lap of his mother (MP3)
14) Jesus is laid in the tomb (MP3)
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Magnificat (5 Versets) (2006)
1) Maestoso; 2) Moderato; 3) Poco allegro; 4) Lento; 5) Allegro moderato
Online listening stream / MP3

Missa brevis “Alleluia” (1992)
1) Praeludium; 2) Interludium; 3) Postludium
Online listening stream / MP3

15 Momenti Francescani (2016)
(Download ZIP of MP3s of complete work)
1) Demut (Humility)
Online listening stream / MP3
2) Presepio di Greccio (The Nativity at Greccio)
Online listening stream / MP3
3) Der Mantel mit den Sternen (The Cloak with the Stars)
Online listening stream / MP3
4) Die Vogelpredigt (The Sermon to the Birds)
Online listening stream / MP3
5) Die Heilige Armut (Holy Poverty)
Online listening stream / MP3
6) Bruder Wolf (Brother Wolf)
Online listening stream / MP3
7) Lied der Blumen (Song of the Flowers)
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8) Bruder Masseo (Brother Masseo)
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9) Der Weinberg (The Vineyard)
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10) Bruder Bernardo (Brother Bernardo)
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11) Der Engel mit der Violine (The Angel with the Viol)
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12) Bruder Giovanni (Brother Giovanni)
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13) Franziskus gebietet den Schwaben Ruhe (Francis Commands the Swallows to Rest)
Online listening stream / MP3
14) St. Clara segnet das Brot (St. Clare Blesses the Bread)
Online listening stream / MP3
15) Bruder Ruffino (Brother Ruffino)
Online listening stream / MP3

Organ Symphony No. 1bis, “Miniatur-Symphonie über den Namen Schubert” (1997/2011)
1) Introduktion; 2) Fugato; 3) Scherzando (wie ein Wiener Walzer); 4) Adagio; 5) Vivace
Online listening stream / MP3

Organ Symphony No. 6, “Sinfonietta for Pedals Alone” (2000)
1) Grave (MP3)
2) Adagio (MP3)
3) Scherzo (MP3)
4) Berceuse (MP3)
5) Carillon oriental (MP3)
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Pedal Power”
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Organ Symphony No. 13, ” for Pedal Solo” (2011)
1) Introduktion (MP3)
2) Fuge (MP3)
3) Scherzo (MP3)
4) Adagio mystique (MP3)
5) Hopak (MP3)
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Organ Symphony No. 13bis, ” An Irish Symphony” (2011)
1) Choral (MP3)
2) Irish Sweetness (MP3)
3) Bagpipe-Scherzo (MP3)
4) Ayre (MP3)
5) Jig (MP3)
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Partita über den Choral “Hinunter ist der Sonne Schein” (1999)
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Willscher: Orgelwerke, Band 3″
Online listening stream / MP3

Partita über den Choral “Svatý Václave” (2000)
1) Toccata; 2) Choral; 3) Bicinium; 4) Intermezzo; 5) Tranquillo; 6) Flauto; 7) Fugato; 8) Mistico; 9) Conclusio
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Willscher: Orgelwerke, Band 4″
Online listening stream / MP3

Rübezahls Tanz auf der Schneekoppe (1998) for organ
Online listening stream / MP3

Sonatina No. 1 (2006)
1) Allegro moderato (MP3)
2) Lento (MP3)
3) Allegretto (Die Carillon von St. Joseph) (MP3)
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Sonatina No. 2, “Te Joseph celebrent” (2006)
1) Prélude (MP3)
2) Communion-Pastorale (MP3)
3) Carillon (MP3)
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Sonatina No. 3 (2007)
1) Angelus dans les Pyrénées (MP3)
2) La Fiesta (MP3)
3) O Admirabile Sacramento (MP3)
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Stille Nacht (Toccatina) (2009)
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Weihnachtsalbum”
Online listening stream / MP3

Te Deum (2002)
Online listening stream / MP3

from Terrarium (2015)
Kaktus (Cactus)
Online listening stream / MP3
Dosenschildkröte (Terrapin)
Online listening stream / MP3
Blumentopfschlange (Flowerpot Snake)
Online listening stream / MP3
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag

Toccata (2006) for organ
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Toccaten in der Orgelmusik”
Online listening stream / MP3

Toccata Landais (2002) for organ
Online listening stream / MP3

Träumerei (2006)
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Reveries-Träumereien in der Orgelmusik”
Online listening stream / MP3

Triptychon “Mariä Himmelfahrt” (2009)
1) Alleluia (MP3)
2) Toccata sub Communione (MP3)
3) Toccatina (MP3)
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Triptychon über “Der Mond ist aufgegangen” (2002)
1) Choral; 2) Pastorale; 3) Carillon
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Willscher: Orgelwerke, Band 1″
Online listening stream / MP3

Triptyque Saint-Servais (2007)
1. Entrée (MP3)
2. Communion (MP3)
3. Grand chœur dialogué (Sortie) (MP3)
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Triptyque Sainte Radegonde (2010)
1) Entrée ou Offertoire (MP3)
2) Communion (MP3)
3) Sortie (Toccata) (MP3)
Online listening stream (complete) / MP3 (complete)

Trompettes d’Argent (Silver Trumpets) (Fanfare for Organ (2009)
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Willscher: Orgelwerke, Band 4″
Online listening stream / MP3

Variations on a Theme of Paganini (2007)
Online listening stream / MP3
Published by Dr. J. Butz Musikverlag in “Willscher: Orgelwerke, Band 2″

Wiegenlied (Variations on a Japanese Lullaby) (2003)
Online listening stream  / MP3

Zwanzig kleine Betrachtungen zu Sprüchen Salomons (2000)
Twenty Small Reflections on the Proverbs (2000)
(Download ZIP of MP3s of complete work)
1) Der Herr gibt Weisheit (The Lord gives wisdom) — Prov. 2:6
Online listening stream  / MP3
2) Mit ganzem Herzen vertrau auf den Herrn (Trust in the Lord with all your heart) — Prov. 3:5
Online listening stream  / MP3
3) Der Herr wird deine Zuversicht sein (The Lord will be your confidence) — Prov. 3:26
Online listening stream  / MP3
4) Die Weisen erlangen Ehre (The wise shall inherit honor) — Prov. 3:35
Online listening stream  / MP3
5) Der Pfad der Gerechten ist wie das Licht am Morgen (The path of the righteous is like the lightof the dawn) — Prov. 4:18
Online listening stream  / MP3
6) Bei mir ist Rat und Hilfe (Counsel is mine and sound wisdom) — Prov. 8:14
Online listening stream  / MP3
7) Trinkt vom Wein, den ich mischte (Come and drink the wine I have mixed) — Prov. 9:5
Online listening stream  / MP3
8) Die Kenntnis des Heiligen ist Einsicht (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom) — Prov. 9:10
Online listening stream  / MP3
9) Der Segen des Herrn macht reich (The blessing of the Lord enriches) — Prov. 10:22
Online listening stream  / MP3
10) Kein Unheil trifft den Gerechten (No harm befalls the righteous) — Prov. 12:21
Online listening stream  / MP3
11) Das Zelt der Redlichen gedeiht (The tent of the upright will flourish) — Prov. 14:11
Online listening stream  / MP3
12) An jedem Ort sind die Augen des Herrn (The eyes of the Lord are everywhere) — Prov. 15:3
Online listening stream  / MP3
13) Demut geht der Ehre voran (Humility comes before honor) — Prov. 15:33
Online listening stream  / MP3
14) Freundliche Worte sind wie Wabenhonig (Gracious words are like honey from the comb) — Prov. 16:24
Online listening stream  / MP3
15) Ein fester Turm ist der Name des Herrn (The name of the Lord is a strong tower) — Prov. 18:10
Online listening stream  / MP3
16) Der Herr lenkt die Schritte eines jeden  (The Lord directs a person’s steps) — Prov. 20:24
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17) Salböl und Weihrauch erfreuen das Herz (Perfume and incense make the heart glad) — Prov. 27:9
Online listening stream  / MP3
18) Wer dem Armen gibt, hat keine Mangel (Whoever gives to the poor will never want) — Prov. 28:27
Online listening stream  / MP3
19) Öffne deinen Mund für den Stummen (Open your mouth for those who have no voice) — Prov. 31:8
Online listening stream  / MP3
20 Richte gerecht (Judge righteously) — Prov. 31:9
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