Didòmhnaich Adhradh: 02/06/11

St. Paul Miki and Companions

Prelude: Starlight - E. MacDowel (pf)
Choir: Come Thou Fount - arr. Craig Courtney (pf)
Offertory: Prelude on "Duke Street" - Flor Peeters (o)
Communion: I Gave My Life for Thee - arr. Tedd Smith (pf)
Postlude: Canzonetta in G Major - D. Buxtehude (o)
I haven't enjoyed Eddie Mac for a while. So rich and lugubrious. It displays some very interesting formal structures, melodies with odd scansion, and an interrupting, hovering, pianissimo cadence that gives it an Impressionistic flavor.
Come Thou Fount recycled from last year.
Peeters gives Duke Street a metre inegal in 3/4 with a wonderful contrast from full organ with pedal on the Great to an echo on Choir.
I am not familiar with I Gave My Life for Thee. Pungent 1950s harmonies in compound meter. It seemed appropriate for an impromptu accompaniment to Communion.
This one was fun! This canzonetta as in two parts with a linking toccata-like passage in between. The initial fugal figure makes wonderful use of repeated sixteenth notes in disjunct motion. I tried an articulation where the first demiquaver is staccato and the second ties into the third. It gave it a dance-like character. After the transition the second fugal figure is a transformation of the first (can we say Liszt?) into dotted compound meter. Lots of fun.

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