Decker Plays Decker
DECKER PLAYS DECKER, Vol. 3. Pamela Decker, organist. IV/78 Fient rop organ of St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, Wash. (1965, renovation and additions by Paul Fritts and Co. 1992/1995). Loft Recordings LRCD-1130. Loft. cc. Available from Gothic Records Inc. Presenting a variety of hymn, chant-based, and free works composed between 2004 and 2010, Pamela Decker again demonstrates her tremendous creative and performing skills in this third volume surveying her organ works. (The previous two volumes have been reviewed in an earlier issue of this journal.)
On This Day, Earth Shall Ring is a fivemovement suite of short works based on Advent and Christmas hymns. Conceived in Decker's rhythmically active and harmonically advanced style, these pieces provide fresh perspectives on these well-known tunes. Less challenging than many of her larger works, they will prove useful in liturgical settings as well as in recital. Dedicated to Mark Thallander, the Liturgical Suite consists of three attractive settings of hymns for Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, written for right hand and pedal. Larger, concert-scale works based on chant melodies are Ave maris stella and Jesu dulcís memoria. These employ a variety of compositional techniques, eliciting a wide …
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Publication information: Article title: Decker Plays Decker. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: The American Organist. Volume: 47. Issue: 4 Publication date: April 2013. Page number: 79+. © American Guild of Organists Mar 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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