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Organum - Peter Michael Hamel

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Renowned German composer Peter Michael Hamel turned his focus to the pipe organ for his dramatic composition, Organum. The four-part score is based on the medieval music form, the organum.

In Latin, the term organum has two meanings; it either refers to the organ or to the polyphonic Gregorian chant. Hamel combines the two meanings as he masterfully performs on the grand pipe organ at the Academy of Music in Munich, his instrument taking the place of the human voice.

The polyphonic form of organum came to its height in 12th century Paris, with composers associated with the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Their settings contained contrasting sections; voices rhythmically patterned, discantus style, alternating with sections in which the chant notes were prolonged to accommodate the many notes sung above them, organal style.

Hamel incorporates these contrasting sections in the four parts of Organum, an inspired and moving performance by this artist and composer.

Organum is the ninth album of electronic composer Peter Michael Hamel, released in 1986 through Kuckuck Schallplatten. The album was performed and recorded on August 5, 1985 at The Academy Of Music, München, Germany.

Track Listings:
    1. "Part 1" 25:32
    2. "Part 2" 8:34
    3. "Part 3" 17:16
    4. "Part 4" 5:40
Total Time: 57:02
Artist Name(s):
Peter Michael Hamel – pipe organ, conch, tingsha
Ulrich Kraus
Release Year: 1986
Berlin, Drone, Minimal
Album Type:
Compact Disc, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
Athanasius Kircher – illustration, Oda Sternberg – photography, Irmgard Voigt – design
Studio Name:
The Academy Of Music, München, Germany
Engineer(s): Ulrich Kraus
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Catalog Number(s):
LP 074, CD 074,
Kuckuck Schallplatten
Celestial Harmonies Canada, USA,
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