Organ Recital with Ugo Sforza: Unearthed, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 4:00 pm

In celebration of Jim Hodges’ artwork, Unearthed, on view at the cathedral through September 8, this award-winning organist from Bari, Italy presents a musical journey across four European countries.

The musical journey begins in early 1700s Germany with a Passacaglia that is among the major organ works composed by J. S. Bach. He will also perform works by celebrated 20th century Austrian composer J.F. Doppelbauer who wrote nearly 600 works for all musical genres. Sforza will continue through Italy in the work of pianist and organ improviser and composer M.E. Bossi and conclude with a late 19th century piece by French organist C. Franck who is known for his work on the great Cavaillé-Coll organ when he was titulaire at the Basilica of Saint Clotilde in Paris.



Passacaglia et thema fugatum in C-Minor, BWV 582……….J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Partita Brevis……….J. F. Doppelbauer (1918-1989)

I. Mirror (Spiegel)

II. Fuge as a Toccata (Fughetta alla Toccata)

III. Lullaby (Cantilene)

IV. Epilogue (Epilog)

Country Scene (Ländliche Szene), Op. 132 n. 3……….M. E. Bossi (1861-1925)

Choral I in E-Major……….C. Franck (1822-1890)


About the Recitalist

Ugo Sforza received his Master of Arts in Organ with Professor Brett Leighton at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria and prior to that studied Piano and Cultural Heritage in his hometown of Bari, Italy. He has studied with a long list of renowned music teachers among them Salvatori, Balducci, Friedrich, Radulescu, Tagliavini, M.C. Alain, Antonello, Robilliard, Harris, Flury and Longato. Sforza was also awarded the VI Edition of the “Goffredo Giarda” Organ Prize in Rome in 2004 by the President of the Italian Republic and on the same occasion also received a special prize awarded by the public as Best Organ Performer. Sforza regularly plays recitals in Europe and the US and works as organist and music director in Italy and Austria. He composes and publishes for orchestra, organ, piano and singers.


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