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Imprimatur : toccata for grand organ

by Natalie Williams (2014)



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Imprimatur : toccata for grand organ / Natalie Williams.

Library shelf no. 786.5/WIL14 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This piece was written to showcase the capabilities of a large organ, encompassing the wide range and scope of colours available within the instrument.

Using the Toccata genre, the work maintains a steady rhythmic pulse and melodic activity, while exploring the extremes of range, dynamics, timbre and texture as the piece develops.

An Imprimatur (Lat. Let it be printed) is a license authorising a publication. The term is interpreted here as a musical "endorsement" of the organ, as it begins a second life as an instrument of importance in South Australian cultural life.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Organ.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Composed for the dedication ceremony of the Hill & Son organ in the Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, South Australia, 30-31 August, 2014

First performance: by Dominic Perissinotto — 30 Aug 14. Organ Tanunda Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, South Australia

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
In style and structure this work is modelled on Graeme Koehne’s 1983 Toccata Aurora, as an homage piece.


Performances of this work

24 Jul 2016: at A Concert of Organ Music by Australian & New Zealand Composers (Christ Church North Adelaide). Featuring Andrew Georg.

30 Aug 14: Organ Tanunda Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, South Australia. Featuring Dominic Perissinotto.

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