Symphonie de la Passion – P. de Maleingreau

Monday, April 18, 2011
Monday In Holy Week

Monday In Holy Week

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other that the way of life and peace; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

6:30 pm - 7:15 pm


Organ Recital 
Monday, April 18 from 6:30-7:15 PM

No tickets or reservations required – donation suggested

Belgian composer and organist Paul de Maleingreau (1887-1956) was an accomplished musician in his day, having been professor of organ at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, and the first organist in Brussels to perform the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach.¬† Maleingreau’s compositional style has influences ranging from Franck to Debussy, from romanticism to impressionism, but in fact his music is in a very personal idiom.

Symphonie de la Passion, Op. 20, was written in 1920 and published three years later. ¬†It is dedicated to the celebrated 15th Century¬†Flemish painter Rogier Van der Weyden, whose art inspired Maleingreau.¬† The Symphony contains four dramatic movements that vividly depict various scenes from the Passion of Christ.¬† Like many of Maleingreau’s compositions, the work draws heavily on Gregorian chant; Christus factus est and Vexilla Regis are among the featured Passiontide chant themes.¬† This is a rare opportunity to hear Maleingreau’s immensely powerful Symphony, which¬†remains a noteworthy part of the programmatic organ repertory.