Martin Herchenröder

Toccata and Lament

for: Organ

Music score

Item no.677887
Author/ComposerMartin Herchenröder
Scope19 pages; 23 × 30 cm
Duration7:30 minutes
Year of origin2013
Release year2018
Producer No.BA 11093
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“Toccata and Lament” was composed on commission in 2008 to inaugurate the large new organ in the Christ Church Cathedral, Rochester, NY, USA. This instrument is a detailed reconstruction of a late Baroque organ of 1776 from Vilnius in Lithuania. The point of departure – a clash of contrasting eras and musical cultures on two continents – already bodes excitement.

Martin Herchenröder, a composer and professor of music theory, has incorporated these contrasts in his roughly eight-minute composition. The result is a musical idiom of rare distinction, universal in its musical resources and alternating between tonal triads and extremely dissonant clusters. The heart of the piece is a dirge which, using the Baroque doctrine of the affections, relates to Eastern European cultural history in and around Vilnius, a history marked by the predations of 20th-Century war.


  • Vorwort
  • Preface
  • Erläuterungen
  • Performance instructions
  • Disposition der Craighead-Saunders-Orgel der Christ Church Cathedral, Rochester, NY, USA
  • Glossar
  • Glossary
  • Toccata and Lament for organ (2008/2013)