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Symphony for Organ (2013)

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Uploaded by: Hoofdwerk (03/21/14)
Composer: Cooman, Carson
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Laurenskerk - Main Organ - 1973 Marcussen & Son
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Modern
1. Masque
2. Sarabande
3. Chorale

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From the composer: "Symphony for Organ (2013) was written for and is dedicated to Erik Simmons, whose enthusiasm for my organ music brought about a renewed period of creativity.

The overall symphony is cast as a dramatic progression from darkness into light. The first movement, Masque, is extremely violent and bleak. The title is used with a touch of irony—for this is not a masque of courtly diversion, but rather a furious struggle against the darkness, played out in a series of dramatic episodes following a Tudor-era formal design. The ending builds to a dramatic peak, and leaves us in shell-shocked silence.

The second movement, Sarabande, begins quietly and mournfully, and gradually gains in fervency. A faster middle section is a spinning dance before the return of the opening music. In the coda, the light gradually approaches.

The third movement, Chorale, evokes the colors of a new dawn. The music of the first movement’s struggle gradually becomes washed in the blaze of morning.

Though I did have a specific impetus in mind while composing, it seems best not to divulge it, so as to allow the listener to hear the symphony in a more universal manner. For indeed the existence of darkness and the desire and hope for light are ubiquitous and eternal."
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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