Siegfried Naumann – Orgelwerk

Siegfried Naumann - Orgelwerk LP front cover
Siegfried Naumann - Orgelwerk LP back cover
Siegfried Naumann - Orgelwerk LP side A

Siegfried NaumannSwedish composer Siegfried Naumann (1919-2001) studied music in Stockholm, Salzburg and Rome, with teachers as diverse as Hermann Scherchen, Wilhelm Furtwängler or Francesco Malipiero. He started lecturing music in Stockholm in 1963 until his retirement in 1983. In 1962, Naumann founded the Musica Nova music ensemble with which he released one LP on Caprice in 1975.  Naumann composed for all kinds of formations (except opera), including choral, church and organ music. Info in Swedish here.

♫ In Organum (1977), Neumann uses a personal graphic notation named “precise notation” allowing him to notate complex rhythms and wide intervals. The 10 études named Struktur #1 to 10 explore the entire range of Stockholm’s Sankt Matteus kyrka organ, and all the interpret’s possibilities in terms of amplitude, virtuoso pedal work and tone clusters to be played with the forearm. The cycle also calls for glockenspiel and bell sounds in #10, all played by an assistant. As the various sections of Organum greatly vary in sound amplitude, from pianissimo to fff fortes, it is recommended to check the volume level of your playback system with track #4, which is on forte throughout. In the colorful Bombarda, for organ and percussion, composed 1973, the 2 instruments are set far apart from each other and the recording wonderfully documents this agitated, yet remote dialogue.

Organum op 33:
01 Struktur 1 (1:36)
02 Struktur 2 (4:06)
03 Struktur 3 (3:46)
04 Struktur 4 (1:54)
05 Struktur 5 (4:42)
06 Struktur 6 (3:32)
07 Struktur 7 (1:13)
08 Struktur 8 (1:49)
09 Struktur 9 (2:11)
10 Struktur 10 (3:47)
11 Bombarda op 27 (7:13)
12 Strutture per Giovanni op 9 (6:00)

Erik Lundkvist, organ
Björn Liljequist, percussion (#11)

Total time 41:49
LP released by Caprice, ref. CAP 1175, Sweden, 1981

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4 Responses to “Siegfried Naumann – Orgelwerk”


  1. 1 matthias March 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    thanks for this one. i never have heard of naumann, i have to admit. but organum has at least interesting moments …

  2. 2 continuo March 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I think Naumann’s music on this LP is colorful and imaginative. I’d like to hear more from this composer.

  3. 3 sljk March 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

    greetings from india. thankyou for this sir.

  4. 4 continuo March 9, 2012 at 12:09 am

    You’re welcome, sljk.


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