On a Theme of Langlais
the score for Jean Langlais' Choral in E minor from a collection of
ten pieces for organ, the opening harmonic progression suggested this small
set f variations on that progression, the first phrase in a longer work.
This blind organist was among the composers whose works I have enjoyed ever
since an adolescent.
The slow change of pedals to accommodate Langlais' light chromatic changes
was extended into arpeggios for the harp to treat the progression with
variants. The harp's easy use of enharmonic notation and limitations of its
seven strings per octave offer opportunities impossible on standard keyboard
pages, circa 3' 20" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score 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 score.
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