Eternity Regained

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Eternity Regained  - (1993)  

for organ


This work is excerpted from The Jerusalem Windows, and available separately as a solo work.


The opening gesture is the simple B-D figure to set a sense of tonality in which B is the extended pedal. Over it, a gesture in the form of a harmonic palindrome sings, with each repetition extending the breadth of that shape.



As the extended palindrome rises to its high B natural, and adagio chorale is played out between high and low B, revealing the tonality of E after many other harmonic potentialities have been touched upon. The chorale visits a number of non-harmonic yet wholly functional domains distant from the overall tonic. After the chorale's long lines are complete, a return to the first palindromic chord progressions occurs and yields to a coda-like fading away which finishes this gentle work.


       "Eternity Regained"  MP3 file [ circa 4' 50" ]

The score for Eternity Regained 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.


Eternity Regained