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Four Eclations
organ  (1991)  4’

published by Sweet Child Music

  • broadcast on National Public Radio's Pipe Dreams, April 1999

Because I grew up in a Jewish conservative synagogue, I was not exposed to much organ music throughout my youth.  It wasn't until well into my graduate studies that I began to listen thoughtfully to organ music. 

Thus, when a composers collective in which I was active decided to put on a concert featuring organ, I was rather bemused, and I had to quickly learn about how to write for the instrument.  After a short demonstration and reading some books, I dove in head-first. 

Because I wasn't fully comfortable writing for organ, I decided that I should write a suite of short movements, rather than attempting a single extended piece.  Each movement explores different textures, timbres, and playing techniques, giving the set an overall quirky style.