Cantabile semplice


Cantabile semplice - (2010)    

for organ

in memory of Marcia Hannah Farmer


For a gentle moment of reflection, this simple melody, accompanied in four- and five-part harmony, sings in quiet thoughts of succor and calm, as set against the turbulence of the world and its strife.




Marcia Hannah Farmer (1926–1996) – A Remembrance

"Marcia was my mentor, in the fullest sense. I was eleven years old when she was appointed Choirmaster-Organist at First Presbyterian Church, Santa Monica, California. She recognized my musical talents and helped me to cultivate them, first as a boy soprano and later as an organist. In 1969 and 1970, she also hired a young singer (then-baritone) Gary Bachlund to play the part of King Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, as she skillfully trained me to sing the title role. When my voice changed, I began studying organ with Marcia. As her student for four years, she not only taught manual and pedal technique and the various illusive arts of organ-playing, but engendered a passionate love of the repertoire and of connection with the audience – whether in church or in concert. As her assistant at First Presbyterian, I learned every aspect of church music: the wide range of administrative tasks, service-playing, score preparation, conducting techniques, rehearsal planning, and – perhaps most importantly – building a community within the choirs. Over the years, as my career grew, I continued to seek her counsel and receive her wisdom, and I continue to live out of her mentorship to this day, with deep gratitude."

James Walker, Director of Music

All Saints Church

Pasadena, California.

September, 2010




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 score.


Cantabile semplice