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WED 23/09


8 pm, Hofkirche and Silberne Kapelle, Innsbruck


Klaus Lang is playing organ music of the late renaissance, early baroque periods and his own pieces

The historical dimension of the festival theme Tunes & Tunings is explored in an exemplary fashion within the impressive ambiance of the Innsbruck Court Church by the organist and composer Klaus Lang. The oldest playable organ in Austria uses meantone tuning – as does the smaller organ in the neighbouring Silver Chapel. Meantone tuning varies greatly from the tempered tuning we are familiar with by its purely tuned major thirds – different than on the piano. In a kind of procession from the venue of the previous concert (with Charlemagne Palestine on the Cathedral’s carillon) to the Court Church, at first a portative organ will be played before Lang turns to the two stationary instruments. Born in Graz in 1971, Lang studied organ performance outside the church context, developing an early predilection for non-liturgical organ music of the late renaissance and early baroque periods, including works by the highly influential composer and early keyboard virtuoso Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643). In his organ recital Lang will interweave his own compositions and improvisations with works of that epoch within a one-hour continuum. “Within the flow of my improvisation, composed structures will crystallise periodically,” Lang explains.