John S. Dixon (b. 1957) — Remembrance (2003) for organ
The composer writes: “On the morning of Saturday, February 1, 2003, I was driving my daughter to her string ensemble at Norfolk’s Academy of Music. Together we listened to radio reports of the unfolding tragedy of the loss of the space shuttle Columbia. While my daughter rehearsed, I found a piano and wrote this simple tribute to the gallant crew who perished that morning. One week later I played the piece in recital in Florida, the destination never reached by Columbia.”
Born in London, England, John S. Dixon (b. 1957) was classically trained in piano and organ. During his school years he was active in music in the Anglican church, and was a founding member of The Southend Boys Choir, one of Britain’s foremost youth choirs. He earned degrees from The Queen’s College, Oxford University, and Harvard Business School. His composing has flourished since moving to America in 1988, largely through his involvement in the music ministry at Providence Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, where he is currently organist and composer-in-residence. He has written hundreds of pieces for church and secular use.
Published by Zimbel Press (distributed by Subito Music Corporation)