Gordon Young (1919–1998) — Canzona (1987) for organ
Gordon Young (1919–1998) was born in McPherson, Kansas and educated at Southwestern College (Winfield, Kansas) and the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). After serving churches in Philadelphia and Kansas, Young became the music director (for 15 years) at First Presbyterian Church in Detroit, where he was a visible and important presence in the American church music scene. He published voluminously, and his organ and choral works were in the catalogs of most major American publishers. Young’s signature compositional idiom can be seen as a cross between baroque music and the language of mid 20th century "symphonic pops" composers (like Leroy Anderson or the earlier works of Morton Gould). The functional harmonies and rhythms of the Baroque often collide with harmonizations filled with parallels 7ths and lush dominant 9th and 13th chords. His most famous composition, “Prelude in Classic Style,” displays this language well. While Young’s music is undeniably very superficial (and usually makes its best impact on the first hearing), the musical ideas are generally pleasant.
Published by Harold Flammer in “15 Pieces for Church or Recital”