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Organ Sonata No 1

By Colin Mawby

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Organ - Advanced
Composed by Colin Mawby (1936-). Recital music. Contemporary. Book. Published by Kevin Mayhew Publishers (KV.1400300).

Item Number: KV.1400300

ISBN 1840038152. Contemporary.

Renowned British composer Colin Mawby has composed this major work in three movements for solo organ. The first movement, a theme, variations, and fantasy, is introduced with an active pedal line outlining several tritons and including some octave playing. The main theme highlights several chromatic intervals in a distinctive rhythmic pattern. Four additional variations further explore this theme, culminating in a lengthy, final variation which moves from a slow rubato section, through a majestic fanfare, to a fast and furious fantasy. The second movement, titled "Elegy," sets a chromatic melody for solo flute against celestes, and again includes some serious chromatic pedal work. The final movement, "Finale," showcases the Tuba (or another reed stop). Frequent shifts between 4/4 time and 5/8 drive the piece forward to the grand ending. For advanced organists.

  • Introduction, Theme, Variations, and Fantasy 
  • Elegy 
  • Finale