Magazine article The American Organist

Symphony No. 3 for Organ, "The Reformation"

Magazine article The American Organist

Symphony No. 3 for Organ, "The Reformation"

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SYMPHONY NO. 3 FOR ORGAN, "THE REFORMATION," Daniel E. Gawthrop. Danstan House, 2016. DH1701. 34 pp. An organist might possibly see the imposing title of this work and fear that it is too difficult. If that is you, please lay aside all fear and proceed confidendy. This is a symphony that a good organist can master with surprisingly little blood, sweat, or even tears. Its four movements are built on classic Protestant chorales, surrounded with original harmonization and snappy rhythmic patterns. The work is entirely accessible to audiences and is sure to please. It will also satisfy the performer!

The four movements are "Intrada," based on Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland; "Capriccio," based on WACHET AUF; "Largo," based on Aus TIEFER NOT; and "Finale," a rousing setting of Ein' FESTE BURG with a strong mixolydian flavor. …

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