Sarabande for the Epiphany : organ solo
by Brett McKern (2013)
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This work was written for Sydney-based organist, Heather Moen-Boyd. Heather played another McKern organ work in a recital of all contemporary Australian organ music at Christ Church St Laurence in Sydney in 2010. Impressed at the concept and Heather's dedication to this repertoire, the Sarabande was subsequently written for her. While there are similarities to a traditional sarabande, there are differences too. Not the least of which difference is that famous sarabandes for solo organ are not readily found. There are movements from other works by Handel that have been transcribed for organ, and perhaps others by minor composers now lost to obscurity, but here is a contemporary organ sarabande. It uses the Gregorian chant Ecce advenit dominator Dominus, the Introit proper to the Epiphany. It has this in common with McKern's Passacaglia for the Epiphany and Gigue Fugue for the Epiphany which together form a Suite for the Epiphany or Suite on a Gregorian Theme (when performed at other times of the year).
Duration: 5 min.
First performance: by Heather Moen-Boyd — 5 Jan 14. Trinity College, University of Melbourne
'Sarabande for the Epiphany' uses the Gregorian chant Ecce advenit dominator Dominus, the Introit proper to the Epiphany.
- In the form/style of: Spiritual and Sacred Music
Performances of this work
5 Jan 14: Trinity College, University of Melbourne. Featuring Heather Moen-Boyd.
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