Music for Organ

 

 

Music for Organ

143 works

chronologically by date

 

Grâce et simplicité - (2017)    

 

Toccata and Fugue in A minor - (2016)     

 

Singers and Dancers Alike - (2016)    

 

Toccata and Fugue for Major Triads - (2016)    

 

Toccata and Fugue iu E flat Dorian - (2016)    

 

Toccata and Fugue in D Dorian - (2016)    

 

Toccata and Fugue in C Lydian - (2016)    

 

Fugue in F Locrian - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in B Locrian - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in Whole Tones - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue on the Scala enigmatica - (2015)    

 

Beside the still waters - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in D flat Pentatonic - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in C sharp Locrian - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in D Ukrainian Dorian - (2015)    

 

Fugue in C Hungarian Minor - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in C Octatonic - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in E flat Lydian - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in D Phrygian - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in C Phrygian - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in A Mixolydian - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in C Dorian - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in E Phrygian - (2015)    

 

Little Fugue in F Lydian (2015)    

 

Fugue in D major - (2015)    

 

At the Close of Day - (2015)    

 

Contrapunctus on a Theme of Wagner - (2015)    

 

Trumpet Tune in D - (2015)    

 

Trumpet Tune in C - (2015)    

 

Elegy and Fugue in B flat minor - (2015)    

 

Elegy and Fugue in A minor - (2015)    

 

Little Prelude and Fugue on E - (2013)     

 

Little Prelude and Fugue on D - (2013)    

 

Little Prelude and Fugue on G - (2013)    

 

Little Prelude and Fugue on E flat - (2013)    

 

Scherzo and Fugue in C minor - (2013)    

 

Sinfonie für Orgel - (2013)    

   i.   Thema und Variationen

   ii.  Elegie

   iii. Scherzo

   iv. Meditation

   v.  Erinnerung und Fuge

 

Meditation - (2013)    

 

Little Fugue in F major - (2013)    

 

Little Fugue in D major - (2013)    

 

Little Fugue in C minor - (2013)    

 

Exordium - (2013)    

 

Contemplations - (2013)    

 

Prelude and Fugue on A - (2012)    

 

Prelude and Fugue on G - (2012)    

 

Prelude and Fugue on F - (2012)    

 

Prelude and Fugue on E - (2012)    

 

Prelude and Fugue on C - (2012)    

 

Prelude and Fugue on D - (2012)    

 

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Webern - (2012)    

 

Burdens and Fugues in D major - (2012)    

 

Fantasia, Adagio and Fugue in C major - (2011)    

 

Cortège nuptial - (2011)    

 

Fantasia on "Lauda anima" - (2011)    

 

Cortège funebre - (2011)    

 

Cortège de conscience - (2011)    

 

Cortège de misères - (2011)    

 

Cortège en prière - (2011)    

 

Cortège de l'âme - (2011)    

 

Contrappunto and Fugue in B flat major - (2011)    

 

Cortège du cœur - (2011)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in E major - (2011)     

 

On a Theme of William Hayes - (2011)    

 

Fancies and Fugues on a Jig of Purcell - (2011)    

 

Fancy on a Catch of John Eccles - (2011)    

 

Fancy on a Catch of John Lenton - (2011)    

 

Fancy on Purcell's Five Reasons - (2011)    

 

Fancy on a Catch of Richard Brown - (2011)    

 

Fancy on "Adam Catched Eve" - (2011)    

 

Fancy on a Catch of Henry Aldrich - (2011)    

 

Fancy on Love - (2011)    

 

Fancy on an Anonymous Catch - (2011)    

 

Fancy on a Catch of Michael Wise - (2011)    

 

Fancy on a Catch of John Blow - (2011)    

 

Fancy on a Catch of Henry Purcell - (2011)    

 

Fancy on a Catch of Jeremy Clarke - (2011)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in D minor - (2011)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in F minor - (2011)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in C minor - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in E minor - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in A major - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in G major - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in A flat minor - (2010)     

 

Prelude and Fugue in D major - (2010)    

 

Toccata and Fugue in F minor - (2010)     

 

Prelude and Fugue in C major - (2010)    

 

Fantasia and Fugue on a Theme of Stravinsky - (2010)     

 

Reverie chromatique - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in D flat major - (2010)     

 

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major - (2010)     

 

Cantabile semplice - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in B flat major - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in A flat major - (2010)    

 

Variations on Saint Michael's and Saint Michael's Chimes - (2010)    

 

Prelude, Air and Fugue in C sharp minor - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in B minor - (2010)    

 

Cantilena and Fugue in F minor - (2010)    

 

Entrata, Elevation and Fugue in F major - (2010)    

 

Cantabile in D major - (2010)     

 

Prelude and Fugue in B major - (2010)   

 

Prelude and Fugue in E flat major - (2010)    

 

Post tenebras lux - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in F major - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in G minor - (2010)    

 

Prelude and Fugue in A minor - (2010)    

 

Soli Deo gloria - (2010)    

 

Reflection on "Christ lag in Todesbanden" - (2008)    

 

Meditation on "Motherless Child" - (2008)    

 

Variations on a Theme of Hurd - (2008)       

 

Prelude and Fugue in C octatonic - (2008)   

   for single manual

 

Prelude and Fugue in B major - (2008)   

   for single manual

 

Prelude and Fugue in G flat major - (2008)    

 

Chorale Variations on "Cloisters" - (2008)     

 

Prelude and Fugue in E modal - (2008)     

   for single manual

 

Prelude and Fugue in E major - (2008)     

   for single manual

 

Prelude and Fugue in G major - (2008)     

   for single manual

 

Prelude and Fugue in D major - (2008)     

   for single manual

 

Meditation über "Komm, du Heiland aller Welt" - (2007)      

 

Chorale Variations and Fugue on "Men varföre gråta" - (2007)      

 

Contrappunto and Fugue in A flat major - (2004)     

 

Contrappunto and Fugue in G major - (2003)     

 

Fantasia on "Splendor paternae gloriae" - (2002)      

Chorale Variation on "Salzburg"
- (2002)     

 

Contrappunto and Fugue in D major - (2002)     

Chorale Variations on "Agincourt" - (2002)     

Five Chorale Variations (on Hymn Tunes of Johannes Crüger) - (2002)      

    i.   Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele
    ii.  Gräfenberg
    iii. Luise
    iv. Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen
    v.  Lobet den Herren

 

Cherubim and Seraphim Do Cry - (2002)     

 

Christ Church Meditation - (2001)     

 

Caccia and Fugue in A major - (2001)      

Contrappunto in A minor
- (1999)     

 

Chromatic Passacaglia and Fugue on a Theme of Cox - (1996)      

 

...and long gone by - (1996)     

Prelude and Fugue in E major - (1995)       

 

Fantasia, Adagio and Fugue in F major - (1995)      

 

Eternity Regained  - (1995)     

Jacob's Ladder - (1994)     
for harp and organ

The Jerusalem Windows - (1993)     
    i.   Color, Form and Light
    ii.  Among the ladders of light
    iii.  Modest Gifts
    iv.  Glass
    v.   Transformations and Convergences
    vi.  Eternity Regained
    vii. Hallel - Jewels for a Crown

 


Since a very young age, I have appreciated the art of the organ, especially from the perspective of the repertoire written for this wonderful instrument.

 

As a child, I often sat beside my mother as she accompanied the many choirs my father conducted. My most significant voice teacher, Dorothy Fries, was also skilled at piano and organ, and after my voice lessons over many years she would invite me sit at her Blüthner to play together through the Marcel Dupré editions of Bach's organ music. I learned more of counterpoint from those scores most certainly than from textbooks.

 

I had many chances to play the extraordinary instrument at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral (now sadly demolished), and Timothy Manning, who later became Archbishop of Los Angeles so many decades ago, allowed me to practice whenever I wished after school at Saint Gregory's Church on Norton Avenue in Los Angeles. Among other fine organists of my long acquaintance was Bob Mitchell, known for his Mitchell Singing Boys in films from the 40s like Going My Way and The Jolson Story; Bob was a fine theater organist, and also played for me for many, many years at Ahavat Shalom in Northridge. In 2005, when Bob was in his early 90s, I heard him play again as he improvised a fine accompaniment to a screening of the 1927 silent film, Wings

 

Those who design, build and maintain such instruments, those who compose for the instrument, and those who play so brilliantly are a community unto themselves, in some ways, and not always well known to the larger musical community. Dubbed "the king of instruments," entire symphonies have been composed for organ, notably through the French tradition, and the enormous oeuvre of Bach and others is testament to this instrument's power and authority.

 

 

[Photo] At the console of organ at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

 

Its builder and curator, Manuel J. Rosales  [ 1 ]  (who worked with architect Frank Geary to create this instrument tailored to the concert hall), had been a school chum during our days together at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and allowed me time to audition the instrument. Now he creates these wonderful instruments, while at best I may occasionally write a work for them. The art and craft of the organ builder is a treasure for our Western culture, and Manuel is among the treasures of coming out of my circle of musical friends from southern California.


NOTES

 

[ 1 ]   Manuel's company, Rosales Organ Builders, maintains its offices and studio in Los Angeles. His website is www.Rosales.com His autobiography is available on line, as well as details about his extraordinary work. The Disney Hall organ, his Opus 24, was a joint effort between Rosales Organ Builders and Glatter-Götz Orgelbau in Owingen, Germany.