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Saturday
Feb102018

King's Chapel premieres "Set Me as a Seal"

 

Sunday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m., the King's Chapel Choir, under the direction of Heinrich Christensen, will premiere my setting of "Set Me as a Seal" for SATB choir unaccompanied.  Composed in celebration of the marriage of Leigh Royden and John Diniz, it will be performed as part of the King's Chapel Sunday workshop service.

 

 

Thursday
Jun292017

On the home stretch to the Montréal Organ Festival

After a nearly year-long collaboration working with the gifted organist Christian Lane, we are one week away from the world premiere of Concordia Salus: A Fantasy for Organ.  Chris and I made a whirlwind trip from Boston to Montréal and back last weekend to set registrations and to make a recording on the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique at Maison Symphonique. 

Chris Lane's will play one half of a concert that also features Jean-Willy Kunz, resident organist at Maison Symphonique. Jean-Willy will perform with a jazz quintet as a featured as part of the Montréal Jazz Festival.  This is a unqiue program that combines music associated with both the jazz and organ festivals--the first ever concert program fusing the music of these two festivals.

Scores for Concordia Salus are now available through Subito Music Distribution.

Wednesday
Feb222017

Lane/Ramsay Collaboration Continues

Back in December 2016, Chris Lane and I met at Old West Church in Boston to discuss how the Montréal Organ Festival commission was progressing.  This interview footage was captured during that meeting.  Special thanks goes to Wade Roush for both his interview and video skills.

Wednesday
Sep212016

Christian Lane talks about collaboration

This short interview with Christian Lane was recorded on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Maison Symphonique in Montréal.  Chris discusses the process of organist-composer collaboration.

Thursday
Aug112016

Montréal commission: a pilgrimage to the organ

Last week, organist Christian Lane and I made a pilgrimage to Montréal’s Maison Symphonique to explore the color possibilities of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique.  Chris has performed on the instrument several times before, so he was an excellent guide to the organ as he played through some very rough initial sketches for the Montréal Organ Festival commission.

The instrument is extraordinary and does many things that most organs can’t do: sostenuto options that free up the hands, keyboards couplings that permit staccato articulations on one set of pipes while playing legato on another, etc. The Chamades division is quite impressive—it can create a crescendo by slowly floating the pipes (while sounding) out of the organ case by means of a dedicated motorized mechanism.  Aside from these more unusual features, the main instrument itself is warm and full of beautiful sound color options.  And then there is that hall—modern and bright, and acoustically pleasing and reverberant without a hint of muddiness.


Maison SymphoniqueThe trip was, for me at least, a huge success. Chris is a trouper—very helpful (and patient).  He was willing to experiment with the same passage multiple times with varied registrations in the service of teaching me what that organ can do.  

As an added bonus, I had the opportunity to meet several key people who are instrumental in organizing the Festival, including Thomas Leslie, Adrian Foster, and Frederick Frances. Everyone was so gracious and welcoming with that I felt right at home and well cared for—quite a treat.  A special thank you goes to Jean-Willy Kunz, organist for the Maison Symphonique, for his willingness to grant us access to the hall and the amazing instrument.

The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique was generously offered to the OSM by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais.