Michael Canales (b. 1963) — “Golgotha” Postlude in D minor (2012) for organ
“‘Golgotha’ Postlude in D minor” (2012) was inspired by the Transformation music in Act III of Wagner’s opera “Parsifal,” and serves as a depiction of Jesus’s walk to Golgotha carrying the cross. The first part of the piece (with its timpani-like pedal part) represents the slow walk. Nine sharp chords represent the nail blows and an upward flourish represents the hoisting of the cross.
Michael Canales (b. 1963) has received major grants from organizations such as the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and the Nevada Arts Council for his work as a composer and conductor. He has composed music in many genres including opera and symphonic works. As a conductor, Canales specializes in opera, and he has conducted the works of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and Wagner, as well as much other standard repertoire. He was the founder and director of Pasadena Lyric Opera for seven seasons. Canales is also an accomplished classical guitarist, as well as a pianist, organist, and percussionist.