Cantilena and Fugue in F minor - (2010)
for Elizabeth Lenti, All Saints Church, Pasadena
The cantilena sings a set of three sequences, forming the first melodic contour based on F minor with the added lowered sixth (alternatively seen as a D flat major seven). Thereafter the gesture becomes an accompaniment to a two voices in the right hand completing the thought. A second "verse" is varied by beginning the bass line on the lowest C.
The fugue appears with its accompanying counterpoint, in the tonic minor and thence to the dominant natural minor, with an elongation of the subject finally appearing in the pedal over canonic gestures in the manuals.
4 pages, circa 4' 00" - an MP3 demo is here:
Elizabeth Lenti is Associate Organist-Choirmaster of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, and sub-dean of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Guild of Organists. A native of Rochester, New York, she holds a BM from Eastman School of Music, studying with David Higgs, and MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Todd Wilson. In 2004 she was a prize winner in the Arthur Poister Competition for Organ Playing. Ms. Lenti is active as a recitalist, having performed on numerous concert series throughout the United States.
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.
Cantilena and Fugue in F minor