In a 2¼-hour film and on a CD, Ronny Krippner, David Briggs, Martin Baker, organbuilder Dominic Gwynn, and Handel scholar Donald Burrows explore composition techniques of Tallis, Byrd, Purcell, Handel, Stanford, Howells, Mathias and Leighton, then Krippner improvises in the style of each on 6 organs including Bristol and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
On the CD, Krippner plays
Improvised Ceremonial March
5 Verses on Ecce Tempus Ideoneum in the style of Tallis
Fantasia in the style of Byrd
3 Pieces in the Style of Purcell
Organ Concerto (4 movements) in the style of Handel
Improvised Victorian Organ Sonata in Three Movements (Allegro, Andante religioso, Toccata
Theme and Variations on a theme by F. J. Sawyer
Rhapsody: "Master Howells' Testament"
Paean in the style of Britten
March in the style of Mathias
Ostinato in the style of Leighton
"Changes" Improvisation for organ and percussion (Sam Walton, percussion)
Ronny Krippner was born in Bavaria and is in the unique position of having been trained in both the German and British choral traditions. He studied organ playing the improvisation with Prof. Franz-Josef Stoiber at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Regensburg while at the same time working as Assistant Choirmaster of the Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows, one of Germany's leading boys' choirs. After graduating, he took a master's degree in English Cathedral Music at Exeter University and sang in the Exeter Cathedral Choir as a choral scholar. He is also Lecturer for Organ Improvisation at Birmingham Conservatory.
Building on these twin musical foundations, Ronny Krippner took various posts in the U. K. In 2005, he became Organ Scholar at Bristol Cathedral, Oragnist at Clifton College, and, later, a member of staff at Bristol Grammar School, combining his expertise in organ playing with a gift for choral direction. After a period working at Newport Cathedral, he moved to London where he is now organist at King's College School, Wimbledon. He is also Assistant Director of Music at the celebrated church of Handel, St. George's, Hanover Square, with its professional choir and annual Handel Festival. A finalist in the Organ Improvisation Competition in St. Albans in 2009, he won two prizes in the International Organ Improvisation in Biarritz in the same year. He has recorded several CDs with organ and choirs on British and German labels.
He has studied privately and/or in master classes with Olivier Latry, Naji Hakim, Anders Bondeman, Jos van der Kooy, Hans Haselböck, Loïc Maillé, David Briggs, and Daniel Roth.