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SIGFRID KARG-ELERT  

(1877 - 1933)

A chorister at the Johanniskirche in Leipzig, Sigfrid Karg had his earlier musical education there, before training to become a teacher. His father’s death in 1889 had brought financial difficulties, which led him, as an adolescent, to support himself as a freelance musician. In 1896 he entered Leipzig Conservatory. His earlier career suggested the possibility of earning a living as a solo pianist, but the encouragement of Grieg led him to further musical study and to composition. Rejecting the modernist musical tendencies that had interested him for a time, he wrote relatively little after the 1914–18 war.

Music for Organ and Harmonium

Karg-Elert, the second part of his name taken from that of his mother, is principally known for the many works that he wrote for the improved four-rank harmonium and which he performed on that instrument. Some of these formed the basis of his organ music and make not inconsiderable technical demands on a performer. Although he wrote a quantity of instrumental and vocal music, his name is today chiefly remembered by organists.

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Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 10 - Welte's German Organists and Their Music Oehms Classics
OC849
Instrumental
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 6 - Welte's British organists Oehms Classics
OC845
Instrumental
Clarinet Recital: Ashkenazy, Dimitri - BENNETT, R.R. / BENARY, P. / TUTINO, M. / KARG-ELERT, S. / KAM, D. / HARVEY, P. / RÓZSA, M. (Night Thoughts) Orlando Records
OR0012
Instrumental
DUPRE / FRANK / KARG-ELERT / PEETERS: Works for Organ and Piano BIS
BIS-CD-551
Instrumental
FAGIUS, Hans: Organ Favourites BIS
BIS-CD-365
Instrumental
GERMAN ROMANTIC CHRISTMAS (Frohlocket ihr Volker auf Erden) (Munich Bach Choir, Albrecht) Oehms Classics
OC924
Choral - Secular
KARG-ELERT, S.: Flute Works (Complete) (Roorda, Tsvereli) Naxos
8.573269-70
Chamber Music, Instrumental
KARG-ELERT: Seven Pastels from the Lake of Constance, Op. 96 / Trois Impressions, Op. 72 BIS
BIS-CD-1084
Instrumental
KARG-ELERT: Works for Organ BIS
BIS-CD-1184
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Brembeck, Christian - CORELLI, A. / BACH, J.S. / KREBS, J.L. / KARG-ELERT, S. / REGER, M. (Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele) Oehms Classics
OC419
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Noehren, Robert - WIDOR, C.-M. / BRAHMS, J. / BACH, J.S. / ALAIN, J. / HINDEMITH, P. / KARG-ELERT, S. / MESSIAEN, O. Delos
DE3045
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Still, Josef - BACH, J.S. / JANCA, J. / REGER, M. / KARG-ELERT, S. (Gott wird geboren, Mächtige erstarren vor Angst) Oehms Classics
OC1861
Instrumental
Piano Duo Recital: Klavierduo Eckerle - RIHM, W. / DVORAK, A. / KARG-ELERT, S. / REGER, M. (Walzer) Naxos
8.551275
Instrumental
SOUNDSCAPES, Vol. 2 - A Delos Digital Compact Disc Sampler Delos
DE3501
Instrumental
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