Craig A. Penfield (b. 1948) — Madrigal Sonata No. 23 (2012) for organ
Craig A. Penfield was born in Hartford, Connecticut on August 29, 1948. There
were many musicians on both sides of his family, and at a very early age Penfield began composing music and performing as a violinist, pianist, and organist. His primary studies began with Gordon W. Stearns, Sr. of West Hartford and eventually culminated with post-graduate study at Trinity College with Clarence E. Watters. (Watters himself had been the first American student of Marcel Dupré.) As a composer, Penfield has published hundreds of compositions, including many works for organ, as well as works for other solo instruments, orchestra, and chorus. For many years, Penfield was active as an organist/choir director and concert recitalist in New England as well as on the West Coast. His works have been performed throughout the world, most frequently in Germany, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
This is the 23rd of the set of brief three-movement sonatas (24) by American composer Craig A. Penfield. The other madrigal sonatas are more heavily indebted stylistically to Baroque and Classical sources. However, the 23rd sonata involves more contemporary elements, particularly in the third movement: a minimalist-style ceremonial dance.
The sonatas are published as a collection by Zimbel Press: