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Etudes espace, op. 30 : for organ

by Andrew Schultz (1986)

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Performance by Calvin Bowman from the CD Gothic toccata

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Etudes espace, opus 30 : for organ / Andrew Schultz.

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Work Overview

The titles of the three movements relate to the overall title of the work: literally, studies in space. I was thinking about physical space and volume a lot when writing the piece in 1986 and was particularly interested in resonance and decay - that seemed appropriate for an organ playing in the normally ambient church or cathedral acoustics. So the first movement is meant to be granitic in mood and block-like in structure- hence the title Rocks. Probably images of cliffs and mountains are not out of place for a piece written near southern German alps and on the Illawarra escarpment. In the second movement, Piping, I was thinking about a distant air-born melody - possibly Celtic in mood and hence the title and the idea of a freely decorated simple melody with a resonating echo style of accompaniment. In movement three, the idea was the slow moving and profound homorhythmic chorale but made up of gradual additions of melody notes to form large harmonic masses. As in the second movement there is a simple melody underlying the buildup of resonances and then at the end a slow moving harmonic passage tracing a harmonised version of the melody.

Work Details

Year: 1986

Instrumentation: Organ.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Contents note: I. Rocks -- II. Piping -- III. Chorale.

Commission note: Commissioned by 4MBS-FM with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.

Performances of this work

7 Sep 2014: at Music in the Round (Abbotsford Convent). Featuring Calvin Bowman.

14 Aug 2011: at Marche Triomphale (St Mark's Catholic Cathedral (Port Pirie)). Featuring Andrew Georg.

7 Aug 2011: at St Peter's Cathedral Organ Recital (St Peter's Cathedral (North Adelaide)). Featuring Andrew Georg.

30 Jul 2011: at Marche Triomphale (St Paul's Lutheran Church (Tanunda)). Featuring Andrew Georg.

Sep 06: Recorded on the grand organ, Melbourne Town Hall. Featuring Calvin Bowman.

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