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Organ & Piano

Chorale Prelude and Toccata on Thaxted

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These two organ pieces are both based on the noble melody from the Jupiter movement of Gustav Holst's The Planets. The thaxted tune also appears as a hymn in many hymnals. These two movements are not necessarily meant to be performed together. The shorter prelude is suitable for an offertory, and the toccata is suitable for a postlude,

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Gesangvoll: Variations on a Theme by Beethoven
for organ and oboe

This piece appears on the Heavy Pedal II compilation by Navona Records. It is a set of variations is based on the third movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30--a movement which is itself a set of variations. It can be appreciated on its own, but a familiarity with Beethoven’s sonata will greatly enhance one’s encounter with this work. The title comes from Beethoven's marking: "Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung" [filled with song, with deepest expression]. I became enamored with that word, “Gesangvoll”: it rolls off the tongue, and it so perfectly sums up the spirit of the work – an all-consuming lyricism that over the course of the sonata climbs its way into something approaching a transcendent state.

Humanitas et Veritas

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This work for organ was written as a festive postlude for Grinnell College's Baccalaureate services. The version for brass quintet was played at the outdoor celebration of Anne Harris's inauguration as president of Grinnell College.