Come, Pure Hearts: Introduction, Theme and Variations for organ solo

- David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Released 6/13
Use Organ solo
Difficulty Mod. easy-Mod. diff.
Catalog no. 160-838
Price $10 (U.S.)

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Come, Pure Hearts is based on the composer’s hymn tune MARGARET (1982), which was named after Margaret Flowers, onetime parish musician at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston. After a brief introduction and statement of the tune, four variations follow, each comprising manipulations of fragments from the original melody. Following a scherzo-like first variation, the following movement not only includes zimbelstern at its joyful climax, but, reflecting the composer’s fondness for bell sounds in general, handbells are also employed as this variation’s atmospheric conclusion is reached. The dramatic focus of the overall composition is found in the third variation for solo pedals, which is then followed by a more lyrical final variation that strongly references the pentatonic nature of the theme.


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