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Trio in Eb Major for Organ Op. 14

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By Steven Monrotus

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Organ - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Steven Monrotus. Contemporary Classical, Etudes and Exercises, Repertoire, Technique Training, Recital. Score. 8 pages. Published by Steven Monrotus (S0.429033).

Item Number: S0.429033

This work was composed for an organ with 2 manuals and pedals minimum.  It is written in 3-part (trio) texture (STB) in simple duple time, one moving line being assigned to each hand and one to the pedal.  This is a technical study which borders on being a virtuoso work and teaches the entire instrument, thus the left hand and pedal parts cross and STB voice ranges are exceeded.  It addresses what is arguably the most difficult aspect of organ playing which is getting the left hand and feet to move independently from one another and in strict time with the right hand.  Never are there more than 3 notes sounding, simultaneously.  Its theme passes through 4 nearly related keys and is worked both right side up and inverted.  This piece may be employed as preparation for the study of the 6 Bach Trio Sonatas for 2 manuals and pedal, a collection which also begins in the key of Eb Major but are longer and even more difficult.  Once learned, this Trio would be useful for recitals, instruction, as a character piece, and especially to help maintain technique.  It also teaches the performer how to practice.  This piece is more difficult to play than it looks, but learning it will pay big dividends.  Because the texture of this work is thin and every voice has to sound just at the right time, it's best to practice each line slowly and separately, one at a time (right hand alone, left hand alone, pedal alone), then put 2 lines together (right hand and pedal, left hand and pedal, both hands together) before putting all 3 lines together.  Slow practice (at half concert tempo) of divided parts is the key to learning any new repertoire like this.  In this work the bass part romps all over the entire pedalboard (as any etude which teaches pedal technique should), but the stretch for the hands is kept at an octave or less.  A bright 8-foot flute registration in the right hand, with string or color reed tone in the left hand and 16- and 8-foot flute tone drawn in the Pedal, is suggested.  Length:  84 measures.  Duration:  2:34.  Composer Bio page:                  .

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