On a Theme of William Hayes


On a Theme of William Hayes - (2011)    

for organ


The theme is a short three-part round, as shown below.  [ 1 ]  This short meditation on the theme adds another, non-canonic voice in places, decorates the rhythms lightly, and heightens cross relations' colors where they are implied in Hayes' fine round. Throughout, the round theme appears in its three parts, holding the harmony close to Hayes' intentions. Harmonic elongation towards cadences allows additional reflections on that scheme.



The final statement juxtaposes the falling line of the original round theme against a rising line, leading to a bright last chord, perhaps as answer to this "prayer" of Hayes.



The entire work is here, , an MP3 file [ circa 4 00" ]


The score for On a Theme of William Hayes 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.


On a Theme of William Hayes




[ 1 ]   The simple round is as follows: