Burkhard Mohr (b. 1955) — Im 3. Ton (In the Third Tone) (2014) for organ
1) Plein jeu
4) Basse de trompette
6) Petite tierce
7) Grand jeu
“Im 3. Ton (In the Third Tone)” (2014) is a suite inspired by music of the French classic (baroque) organ school of the 17th century. The composers of this period wrote music with specific sounds and timbres that determined the character of each movement. Mohr’s suite takes its inspiration from these original sounds and forms but re-imagines them within his own contemporary style to produce a new sonic result.
German composer Burkhard Mohr (b. 1955) was born in Gamsbach/Oberhessen and was educated in Frankfurt where he studied music and theology. He also attended the Darmstadt new music courses with Stockhausen, Kagel, Ligeti, and Xenakis. He has worked as a church musician in Frankfurt-Höchst and Wiesbaden and also taught music for many years at the technical university in Frankfurt. Mohr has composed numerous musical works in many genres, including several operas and orchestral works along with much chamber music and music for choir and organ. Mohr’s music usually concerns itself with the blurry boundaries and connections between atonal (12-tone) and tonal (triadic) materials and with the unexpected (or traditionally extended) formal designs that can result from teasing out these connections.