International Piano Festival - Father Sean Duggan, Piano

Tuesday, July 12
8:00 PM

Father Sean Duggan

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Bach: Clavier-Übung, Part III (“The Little Catechism”)
    Prelude in E-Flat Major, BWV 552a (arr. Busoni)
    Chorale settings
        Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 672
        Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 673
        Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 674
        Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 675
        Fughetta super Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 677
        Fughetta super Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebot, BWV 679
        Fughetta super Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 681
        Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683
        Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 685
        Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687
        Fuga super Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 689
    Four Duets, BWV 802-805
        No. 1 in E Minor
        No. 2 in F Major
        No. 3 in G Major
        No. 4 in A Minor
    Fugue in E-Flat Major (“St. Anne”), BWV 552b (arr. Busoni)


Liszt: Three excerpts from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses                   
    I. Invocation
    II. Ave Maria
    III. Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude

Messiaen: From Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus
    XIII. Noël


FATHER SEÁN BRETT DUGGAN, O.S.B.  attended Loyola University in New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and was ordained to the priesthood.

In September 1983, Father Duggan won first prize in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition for pianists in Washington D.C., which entitled him, among other honors, to various concerts around the country and a two-month tour of Germany. In the “Bach Year”, 1985, he gave complete performances of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier in New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Birmingham to critical acclaim. In 1991 he participated again in the Bach Competition in Washington D.C.; this time he was one of three first-place winners, and this entitled him to another round of concert engagements and a second tour of Germany.

Throughout the year 2000, the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death, Father Duggan performed the complete cycle of Bach’s keyboard works eight times in a series of fifteen recitals entitled Bach On the Threshold of Hope.

Father Duggan is presently on the piano faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Father Duggan is in the midst of recording the complete (non-organ) keyboard works of Bach for commercial release.