commentary to opus 85c
Improvisation: "Komm, Schöpfer Geist" for Organ opus 85c (1983)
Duration: 2,5 Minutes
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the Catholic Church, since the Council, regards Gregorian chant as the music linked
most fundamentally with its identity, then we see this idea particularly at work
in Hummel's organ music - here one of his replies quoted above is relevant: Gregorian
chant is indispensable as a source of inspiration for any genuine kind of church
music. The second source of inspiration after Gregorian chant is church hymnody.
If Hummel does not take sections or particles of melody from these two sources
as modi, then he invents modi as building blocks, sequences of notes taken from
his memory or models and modified suitably for contrapuntal and harmonic treatment.
(from Franz A. Stein, "Die Kirchenmusik Bertold Hummels", Tutzing, 1998)