Eternal Dayspring - Three Preludes for organ
on Hymn Tunes of David Ashley White
- Carson P. Cooman

Composer Carson P. Cooman
Price $9.75 (U.S.) Released 7/08
Difficulty Moderately easy
Catalog no. 160-667

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  1. Father of Mercies
    MESSNER NEW, 1982;
    Text by James Quinn, S.J.
  2. We Who Wake in Hope
    DOVE OF PEACE, 1993;
    Text by Fred Pratt Green, 1993
  3. Blessed Be the God of Israel
    Text by Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1985

“From Carson P. Cooman we have two collections of preludes based on hymn tunes. The first set, Eternal Dayspring: Three Preludes for Organ, is based on hymn tunes by David Ashley White, including ‘Father of Mercies,’ ‘We Who Wake in Hope,’ and ‘Blessed Be the God of Israel.’ These choral preludes are not difficult and registrations are simple. The second, From Past to Future, is based on hymn tunes by Alfred Fedak. In this collection are the hymns ‘Three Tall Trees Grew on a Windy Hill,’ ‘Borrow a Stable,’ ‘Heal Me, Hands of Jesus,’ and ‘Year By Year, from Past to Future.’ Again, the music is not difficult and the pieces are fairly short.” --AAM Journal, September 2010

Three preludes on original hymn tunes of David Ashley White (as published in Sing, My Soul). These pieces are highly suitable for introducing the tunes to a congregation, although they are equally useful as organ voluntaries or a recital suite in cases where the tunes are not known. "Father of Mercies" (composed in memory of Alan Hovhaness) is a meditation within a mystical modality. "We Who Wake in Hope" is a simple trio. "Blessed be the God of Israel" is a dancing, triple-meter toccata inspired by the song of Zechariah.


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