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Fantasy: Torah Song
organ

Composer Craig Phillips
Use Prelude/Postlude, Recital
Price
$12.50 (U.S.) Released 6/95
Difficulty Difficult
Catalog no. 160-857
Discography "Organa Americana" Tom Trenney (Pro Organa 7196)

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Review
"This composition won the 1994 National Organ Composition Competition sponsored by the Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund and will be a required work in the upcoming Mader competition in organ performance. While the piece crosses the boundary from service music into concert repertoire, one should not overlook the fact that this is a well-crafted work that is sure to appeal to congregations and audiences alike. There are five sections: (1) main theme and development, (2) the Torah Song quietly stated against a chordal accompaniment, (3) a short scherzo recalling material from part one, (4) a quiet pastorale, and (5) a fiery conclusion recalling the opening. A large instrument with combination action would be desirable. This work is a valuable contribution to contemporary American organ literature and should be looked at by performers and teachers. Difficult. Highly recommended." -Cross Accent, January 1996

"This was the winner of the 1994 National Organ Composition Competition sponsored by the Ruth and Clarence Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund. Like all the compositions of Craig's with which I am familiar, it is a pleasure not only to hear, but also to play. Not surprisingly, the piece encompasses many moods, from dramatic to playful to lyrical. There's even what I take to be a reference to a shofar, which fortunately only requires a Trompette 8'! Throughout, the writing is elegant and lies beautifully under the fingers. When learning this piece, I always found myself looking forward to practice sessions; I definitely plan to include it on a future recital program." --Jane Bourdow, AAM Journal, December 2002

Description
An exciting and expressive Fantasy on a Hasidic melody (Yisrael V'oraita) found in several contemporary hymnals. This piece was the winner of the 1994 National Organ Composition Competition sponsored by the Ruth and Clarence Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund and is required repertoire for the Mader Organ Playing Competition in 1996. Not overly difficult and Phillips has an inventive mind that takes the music places you don't expect but that makes perfect sense once you get there. Oblong format

 
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