Yves-G. Préfontaine (Festival des couleurs de l’orgue français)

This festival presents concerts each Sunday in October at the Chapelle des Prêtres de Saint-Sulpice au Domaine du Fort de la montagne at 3 p.m. All concerts as part of the Festival des Couleurs de l’orgue français are free and projected on a large screen.

October 2: Nicholas Capozzoli, United States
October 9: Kevin Komisaruk
October 16: Emmanuel Arakélian, France
October 23: Abraham Ross, United States
October 30: Yves-G. Préfontaine

Free concert (suggested donation)

Yves-G. Préfontaine undertook his studies in music at the Conservatory of Music in Montreal, studying organ and harpsichord with Bernard and Mireille Lagacé, followed by Scott Ross. He was awarded first prizes in each of these disciplines and went to continue harpsichord study with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam As a soloist and chamber musician, he has played for most organisations devoted to organ recitals.

After some time working as researcher and host for the classical music broadcasts of Radio-Canada and Radio-Cité, he founded the music department at the CEGEP Marie-Victorin, which he directed for ten years. He is titular organist at the Grand Seminary and at le Sanctuaire Marie-Reine-des-Coeurs in Montreal.

Among his most important realization one should mention 12 recitals where he played the whole keyboard works of François Couperin. He performed as well the entire works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-François d’Anglebert and the main works by Johann Jacob Froberger. Since 18 years, he is the artistic director of Le Festival des Couleurs de l’Orgue français, which takes place each fall at le Grand Séminaire de Montréal.

Over the last years, he has been on the board of Laudem, Le Clavier d’Autrefois, Les Amis de l’Orgue de Montréal.


Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Extraits des choral de l’autographe de Leipzig

  • Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, heiliger Geist BWV 667
  • Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 655
  • Allein Gott in der Höh, orné BWV 662
  • Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 656

Live d’Orgue de Montréal (fin XVIle-début XVIlle s.)

  • Magnificat en D (8-13)
  • Plein Jeu
  • Dessus de voix humaine
  • Cornet
  • Basse
  • Récit
  • Dialogue

Jacques BOYVIN (1653-1706)
Suite du Quatrième ton

  • Prélude
  • Fugue chromatique
  • Récit grave de Nazar (sic), ou de Tierce, ou de Cromhorne
  • Dialogue de Récits et Trios
  • Duo
  • Cromhorne en taille
  • (Dialogue) à deux choeurs

Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN (vers 1595-1663)
Choral : « Herr Christ, der einig Gott’s Sohn » (2 versets)

Diderik BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707)
Magnificat primi toni BUXWV 203