Post tenebras lux -
fantasia for organ
title is a Latin phrase associated with Job, as well as a phrase used as a
motto for many movements and entities throughout history. The simple
translation is "after darkness, light." Light is an almost universal
metaphor for clarity, wisdom, right and indeed the Godhead, while darkness
in all its metaphoric meanings obscurs the light. In the story of Job, the
test brought on by the dialogue between good and evil comes to its crucial
point in the trust of a man in what I will call for this discussion, "lux."
this, the structure of this fantasia is one of increasing dynamics and tempi
in one large arch to its final, brilliant cadence. The opening is somber and
in the deepest registers of the organ. The arching wave as at measure 12 and
thereafter is the thematic structure as it accelerates through the course of
measure 52, the tempi reaches out to a more virtuosic set of gestures, as
the registers and other elements become brighter.
large arches become the central gesture at measure 92, rising and falling as
if clouds passing reveal ever greater bands of light. We might recall the
dream of Jacob, wherein light was the pathway for heaven's creatures. So
this "lux" is ever more revealed.
chords and firm cadence on the tonic in the long pedal notes become
decorated with a detached toccata-like texture, and thereafter the
staccati above a long-lined pedal rushes to end the fantasy with full
Duration: 8 pages, circa 5' 00" -
The score for
Post tenebras lux 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.
Post tenebras lux