for solo organ(2010)
I. Pastoral prelude
|Premiere||July 21, 2010; Holy Trinity Church, Folkestone, England; William Saunders, organ|
Diptych for solo organ are two contrasting, yet complimentary pieces, aiming to present different aspects of the organ’s sonic character. Pastoral Prelude essentially portrays a walk in the countryside. Based on the building blocks of much European folk music, drones and ornamented melodies, it transforms the organ into something resembling a giant bagpipe and flute, gradually morphing into richer sonorities, more associated with the organ sound. The soaring, floating melody can be seen as the contour of hills and mountains as well as the arching form of a bird’s song. A short passage of stacked up chords at the heart of the prelude anticipates the sound world of the Chorale. Like in the prelude, the contour of the melody in the Chorale is important, with a progressive ascent before the culmination, although here the focus is mainly on the rich, dense chords.
– Dobrinka Tabakova