Meditation über "Komm, du Heiland aller Welt" -
Gernot Wurst gewidmet
The theme for this quiet meditation was suggested by organist Gernot Wurst,
who works as a professional church musician in several parishes, mainly St.
Michael Neckargartach, Germany. In addition to his performing, he has
sampled a number of organs -- such that the home organist, whether student
or scholar, might be able to construct a virtual instrument for a small
expense and have fine organ sounds available to him in tandem with any of a
number of virtual organ programs, as do I in Berlin.
[ 4 pages, circa 5' 15" ]
A head motive of the melody from the 12th century opens this quiet
mediation. After a four-part chorale setting, a generally three voice
"motet" texture is meant for differing registrations, thereby allowing the
theme in full to begin buried within the texture of the fauxbourdon,
before becoming the top voice at measure eighteen. The repeated notes of the
original melody become tied notes to gently disguise the theme. Successive
statements of the theme, taken as a whole or in part, are then shared,
sometimes being stated in the pedal. An organist's interpretive choices in
registration are recommended, with my few indications merely
recommendations, as each instrument can vary and the organist is best
equipped to make such artistic choices.
MP3 file [ circa 5' 15" ]
The score for Meditation über "Komm, du Heiland aller Welt" is
available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or
recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the
composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano-vocal score.
Meditation über "Komm, du Heiland aller Welt"