Fantaisie de Concert sur “O Sanctissima”
by Friedrich Lux,
reprint of the original edition from B Schott’s Söhne
This is a new printing on sturdy, acid-free paper. This tune is associated with texts in different languages:
“O Sanctissima,” a Latin hymn to the Virgin Mary; “O du Fröhliche,” a German Christmas carol, and
“Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing,” an English hymn. My restoration is Lux’s Opus 29 as it originally
appeared in the 1860s and not the later edition edited by A L Peace. The work contains a vigorous pedal section but ends
quietly. 12 pages. Highest quality guaranteed. Size of music
is 13.5" x 10.5"
This Is Newly Printed Music
(1820-1895) was born in the German town of Ruhla in Thuringia and played the organ in his youth, giving his first recital at age 12. He
studied with Friedrich Schneider and became interested in opera, becoming Music Director of opera companies in Dessau and Mainz.
He died on July 9, 1895. Variations on O Sanctissima
is the first published organ composition by Lux. It was
performed by Alphonse Mailly in 1871 during the inaugural organ concert series of the IV/111 stop Willis in the Royal Albert Hall.
An 1873 review of the publication in The Monthly Musical Record
states: “The piece is not only cleverly constructed
and interesting in itself, but shows an intimate acquaintance with the resources of the organ.”
Compare with Thayer’s Variations on the Sicilian Hymn.