Works

Annum per annum

1980

Scored for

organ

Duration

8 min

Short description

The organ mass Annum per annum was composed for the 900th anniversary of the Speyer Dome Church and dedicated to the guardian of the dome, Saint Mary, Mother of God; to Emperor Conrad II, the founder of the dome; to St. Cecilia, the patroness of musicians; and to the organist at Speyer Dome Church, Leo Krämer, who first performed the piece.

The work is composed of five movements which are five variations on cantus firmus. The main movements are framed with an introduction and coda, which can be dropped according to a note in the score. They have been marked with the letters K, G, C, S, A, referring to the invariable or ordinary parts of the mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei). These make reference to the mass, which has been held in the Speyer Dom…

The organ mass Annum per annum was composed for the 900th anniversary of the Speyer Dome Church and dedicated to the guardian of the dome, Saint Mary, Mother of God; to Emperor Conrad II, the founder of the dome; to St. Cecilia, the patroness of musicians; and to the organist at Speyer Dome Church, Leo Krämer, who first performed the piece.

The work is composed of five movements which are five variations on cantus firmus. The main movements are framed with an introduction and coda, which can be dropped according to a note in the score. They have been marked with the letters K, G, C, S, A, referring to the invariable or ordinary parts of the mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei). These make reference to the mass, which has been held in the Speyer Dome throughout the centuries, annum per annum (Latin for year by year), day by day.

Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (organ). CD Trivium. ECM New Series 1431

© ECM Records

World premiere

12.10.1980
Cathedral (Imperial Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption and St Stephen), Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Concert: Orgelkonzert zum Domjubiläum

Leo Krämer (organ)

Completion year

1980

Dedication

In Ergebenheit und Dankbarkeit gewidmet der Heiligen Cäcilia, der Schutzpatronin geistlicher Musik, und dem Domorganisten Leo Krämer

Commissioned by

Südwestfunk (SWF) Baden-Baden

Scored for

organ

Duration

8 min

Publishers

Universal Edition

Source text

From the Ordinary of the Mass:

K (Kyrie)
G (Gloria)
C (Credo)
S (Sanctus)
A (Agnus Dei)

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