Quatrième sonate
pour grand orgue

Raymond Daveluy
Composition Date: 1984
Revision Date: 2005
Duration: 00:31:00
Genre: Keyboard, Organ (Pipe or Electric), One Keyboard, Two Hands


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Organ
Programme Note:
The Fourth Sonata brings us to another period in the creative career of Raymond Daveluy. Presiding at the organ of Saint Joseph's Oratory for almost twenty-five years, and having written his concerto for organ and orchestra, the composer assumes a more orchestral style, more appropriate for the large-size organ. Written in 1984, this full scale work was performed several times bu the composer and by various organists, even though it remains in manuscript form. Raymond Daveluy premiered it himself a the Beckerath organ of Saint-Joseph's Oratory, as part of Les Concerts Spirituels series, during the summer of 1984. Both the press and the public acclaimed this first performance.

A new element in the structure of this work holds one's attention: its cyclical nature, which allows us to hear the same theme from different angles thoughts the piece. The pedal solo, introduced at the beginning of the Fantaisie (re: Troisème sonate) in the first movement, delivers the main theme that permeates the whole sonata. Symphonic in character, this Fantaisie recalls somewhat the fiery romanticism of Max Reger, Supplemented by clarity of writing reminiscent of Louis Vierne's unmistakably French organ style. Powerful contrasts, both in the registration and in the atmosphere of the various sections suggest to the performer on this recording the opposition between good and evil, where neither one is clearly victorious... a symbol of the human condition?

The Andante introduces a new theme, pastoral in character, performed on the oboe of the récit. A disturbing interference cuts into the serenity of the movement, when the solo cromorne plays the inversion of the main theme of the Fantaisie. Through a dialogue with the main theme in its original form, restlessness give way at last to serenity found again, as conveyed by the pastoral theme now embellished and all the more expressive. Both the Voix Célestes of the révit and the flutes of the great organ play a part in maintaining this quiet atmosphere in the final coda of the movement.

The double fugue of the third movement recalls the fugue of the previous sonata, only in larger dimensions. Moreover, what makes it distinctive is that the first subject of the "polyphonic fresco" is the principal theme of the whole sonata, heard from the beginning of the Fantaisie. Played "Molto energico", as requested by the composer, the theme, presented in quarter notes, receives a rhythmical ending transmitted to each part through this first fugue, thus conveying a generalized climate of sarcasm. The second subject, as energetic as the first, stands in contrast being light and fresh. In addition, its rhythmical and melodic features make this theme easy to remember, so listeners may follow with interest the return of the first subject, superposed on the second, in inverted canon or in its original form. With its erudite compositional style, this "super-fugue" confirms once more the breadth and powerful inspiration of the artist, not to mention his outstanding craftsmanship. The very essence of organ music is found in this work, and the virtuosity required fir its performance provides the organist with the satisfaction of a challenge successfully take up!

Rachel Laurin

Premiere Information:
Été 1984; Concerts Spirituels, Grand orgue Beckerath, Oratoire Saint-Joseph, Montréal, QC; Raymond Daveluy, orgue.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 2410 D246so4 2005
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Organ (Pipe or Electric), One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 28, 2005
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (ii, 46 p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.
    48 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour orgue.
    En 3 mouvements: I. Fantaisie -- II. Andante -- III. Fugue
    Dédiée à Mademoiselle Rachel Laurin.

    Oeuvre gravée et publiée chez Les éditions musicales Lucarel, imprimée et déposée au CMC Québec.

    Additional People:
    Rachel Laurin
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