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Pastorale in Ab Major for Organ Op. 12

By Steven Monrotus

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Organ - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Steven Monrotus. Contemporary Classical, General Worship, Repertoire, Recital. Score. 7 pages. Published by Steven Monrotus (S0.429021).

Item Number: S0.429021

This work was composed for an organ with 2 manuals and pedals minimum.  It would make for not only effective recital and lesson material but a place could be easily found for it in the worship service.  This is a work with 2 themes, one being playful, which are treated in a variety of canons and combined at the end.  It would work well in liturgical situations when a longer, more colorful prelude is needed, and its mood is well suited to the dedication of young children.  It would be difficult to find another liturgically suited piece with such a wide variety of canonic writing in it and which provides such an opportunity to demonstrate the many and varied timbres of the instrument at hand.  Its 1st theme is harmonized in 4 parts, then worked in inverse movement as a 2-part canon at the octave at the same time that it enters right side up in the tenor voice.  This theme is then presented in retrograde as a 3-part canon, still in 4 voices.  A 2nd playful theme is then introduced in the bass line and is presented as a trio in 3-part texture, then as a passage for 2 parts only.  This theme is then worked again as a 2-part augmentation canon at the octave between the outer voices.  The 1st theme then makes its return as a 3-part canon at the octave in trio form.  After this the 2nd theme is treated as a 2-part canon at the octave at the same time that the 1st theme is combined with it in the tenor line, still in 3 voices.  A short coda rounds out the work very quietly, very longingly, as if it were program music recalling all the fondest memories of childhood.  The final chord is in 4 voices, and this coda is very effective using a Celeste stop in an expressive division.  In this work the stretch for the hands is kept at an octave or less.  Registration suggestions along with indications for hand division are included with the score.  Length:  78 measures.  Duration:  4:12.  Composer Bio page:   .

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