Variations on “Simple Gifts”

This set of variations was composed as a study on the wonderful French tracker organ at Rice University. The five movements each tackle a specific registral or technical idea while maintaining the thread of the familiar melody throughout.


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DATE

2009

DURATION

9 minutes

INSTRUMENTATION

Organ

MOVEMENTS

I.
Chorale
II.
En Taille
III.
Trio
IV.
Fantasy
V.
Toccata

PREMIERE

April 22, 2009
Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall, Rice University, Houston, TX
John Meier (org.)

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES

May 5, 2013
Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Bryan Anderson (org.)

RECORDING

Movements I, III, and V
John Meier (org.)