Lothar Graap (b. 1933) — Meditationen, GWV 51 (1968) for organ
"Meditationen" (Meditations), GWV 51 (1968) is one of Graap’s most iconic works and one of the true 20th century organ classics to emerge from the years of the DDR (East Germany). As in a number of his pieces of the period, the music is developed in a single movement block structure: contrasting small sections gradually develop the piece’s unified musical material in varied emotional affects. The title of “meditations” challenges our contemporary notion of meditation as exclusively a gentle practice. The piece could be viewed as an externalization of an inner mental labyrinth, a manifestation in sound of the intensity of one’s focused internal thoughts.
Lothar Graap (b. 1933) is a German composer and church musician. Educated at the conservatory in Görlitz, his primary teachers were Eberhard Wenzel and Hans Schneider. He also studied with Helmut Bornefeld and Siegfred Reda. In 1954 he began a career as a professional church musician in Niemegk, and he pursued this work at several positions until his retirement in 1998 from Cottbus, where he had been cantor at the Klosterkirche. By the time of his retirement, he had performed and directed more than 1000 vespers services and concerts in Cottbus. Graap has composed more than 700 compositions in many forms, with a particular focus on organ and choral music.
Published by Deutscher Verlag für Musik Leipzig in “Pro organo” (out-of-print)