|Composer Alfred V. Fedak
Price $15.00 (U.S.) Released 10/05
Difficulty Moderately difficult
Catalog no. 160-845 Length 12'
Discography "Come, Creator Spirit" (Selah)
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Listen to excerpts:
I. Entrata Festival
III. Communion: Christ Be with Me
IV. Recessional: The King of Love
A suite of four colorful pieces corresponding to the moments in a festive worship service where voluntaries might be played: Processional, Offertory, Communion, and Recessional. The opening movement, "Entrata Festiva," would make a fine wedding processional. A graceful "Cantilena" follows, employing manual solo stops at 4' over a gently rocking accompaniment. Movement three ("Communion: Christ Be with Me"), a contemplative setting of the Irish hymntune DEIRDRE, is worked out over a pedal point sustained by a wedged manual key. And "Recessional: The King of Love" is a toccata based on the hymn tune ST. COLUMBA. The work was commissioned by Baltimore organist Michael Britt, for performance in recital at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.
"This is a suite of four pieces corresponding to the moments in a festive service where voluntaries might be played. We have here a Processional, Offertory, Communion, and Recessional. The first movement is also suggested as a wedding processional, which could be a neat idea if a bride is really tired of Wagner and has heard Clarke one too many times. The third movement deserving mention is a setting of DEIRDRE. Here a wedge is set in a key on the celeste, and one plays away with hands and feet--a rather colorful movement. The last section is a toccata based on the tune ST. COLUMBA. The music is not terribly difficult to play, and registrations are general enough that they may be easily adapted to any instrument." -- AAM Journal, May/June 2008