André Raison

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... read moreThis French organist and teacher served the abbey of Ste. Genevieve at Nanterre and was the organist of the abbey at Ste. Genevieve in Paris from 1666. One of his students was Clerambault who dedicated his first works for the organ to Raison. The first volume of compositions by Raison included five...

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André Raison
Extraits De La Messe Du Ii Ème Ton (Kyrie - Christe - Gloria - Sanctus - Benedictus - Dernier Agnus)
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Country Of origin: France

This French organist and teacher served the abbey of Ste. Genevieve at Nanterre and was the organist of the abbey at Ste. Genevieve in Paris from 1666. One of his students was Clerambault who dedicated his first works for the organ to Raison. The first volume of compositions by Raison included five masses with secular forms dominating the musical production. The structures included fugues, duos, trios and dialogues. Five keys for the masses can easily be converted to church modes through alterations of a few accidentals which makes these compositions unique. Organ compositions by Raison offer insights into the Baroque music of France with information on ornamentation, registrations, for as many as four manuals, and proper understandings of musical movements. ~ Keith Johnson~ Rovi