Orgel - (2013)
Andreas Sieling gewidmet
title and movement names are German, for having completed this symphony for
organ in Berlin, with the fine organist of the Berliner Dom and its historic
Sauer Orgel in my thoughts.
Thema und Variationen
The opening statement in the pedal -- C, G, E, B -- is mirrored in the
manuals by derivation of the four major seven chords related to C, and then
further stated in the mediant major, the second tonal center of the
symphony. The theme in its melodic and harmonic implications is then varied
throughout the movement.
E minor yields to C minor, enharmonically spelled, as the other notes of the
theme are stated in the pedal for this elegiac moment as a rhythmic and
tempo contrast ending with the mediant of C emphasized.
A further development of the theme speaks in snippets of runs and then
polytonal harmonies over a theme in the pedal.
the single line runs up and down the keyboard, the pedal takes up in the
mediant of the symphony's tonic.
The C major seven returns in response to the lingering on the mediant in the
scherzo. Now the four-note major seven chord compacts to minors and then
diminished seven chords as a pedal line sung out in an 8' voice. Following
the harmonic development, the theme moves into the lowered supertonic and
beyond, before a return to C. For this meditation available separately
as a PDF, click
Erinnering und Fuge
A remembrance of the scherzo's textures and displacement of triads with
intervening runs leads to a gentle cadence on the mediant once again, before
the theme in complex related chords thunders out its reaffirmation of the
tonic, the pedal joining with its cadenza-like trill. The fugue subject
derived from the theme of the symphony is then stated alone, before answers
in the related tonal domains as suggested by the theme.
harmonic complexity of the fugue, a coda restates the harmonies based on the
overall theme and final recall of the head motive of the fugue is answered
by the confluence of tonic and mediant before the last chords in full organ,
open fifths at the end stripping away all the harmonic content at last.
pages, circa 31' 30" -
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 organ
Sinfonie für Orgel