A general-purpose organ voluntary which creates a mood of resignation and repose
- Op.29 No.2
- 3 minutes, 40 seconds
Elegy was composed in Harringworth in 2009. Set mainly in a gentle 6/8 rhythm, it features two of the composer's mannerisms: hemiolae, in melody, bass and accompaniment, and pedal points, notably in the bass line.
It commences in a modal E minor and never deviates far from this key before a variant of the main material returns in E major to complete the piece, rather than with any feeling of triumph, in a mood of resignation and repose.
Elegy provides an excellent addition to any organist’s repertoire of voluntaries. An effective blend of fluent melodic lines in manuals and a steady bass line in the pedals creates an interesting texture throughout the piece. Towards the end, the chords create a warm and reflective mood. This is a piece that can be played as a voluntary at a variety of occasions.
Krystyna Palamarchuk, music teacher and organist, London