Invocation & Dance - for organ, strings, and percussion - Alfred V. Fedak

Composer Alfred V. Fedak
Use Concert or recital
Released 3/01
Difficulty Moderately difficult
Organ score (160-954) $17.50
Full score (160-955) $75.00
Study score (160-956) $15.00
Instrumental parts (160-957) $50.00

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This work is a brief diptych for organ, strings, and percussion (timpani and tambourine). The score is inscribed with a quotation from Psalm 30.11: "Thou hast turned my laments into dancing." As its name implies, the first movement, Invocation, is meant as a wordless prayer invoking the presence of the unseen God. Movement two, Dance, opens with the organist dancing on the pedal keyboard in a virtuosic solo for the feet alone. Dance rhythms and shifting meters predominate as the dance grows ever more animated until its final, ecstatic fortissimo outburst.

"One doesn't often come across new works for organ and strings, and any new work in this genre should get our interest immediately. The score is inscribed with a quote from Psalm 30:11: "Thou hast turned my laments into dancing." The first movement, "Invocation," opens with a chant-like melody that is taken up by the strings and shared in dialogue. The somber mood of the "Invocation" is answered by the "Dance," composed in variation form. Dance-like rhythms and changing meters prevail throughout the movement, with a challenging solo for the pedals alone. This would be a wonderful addition to spring concert repertoire in churches where string ensembles and timpani are available. Difficult. Recommended." -- Cross Accent, Fall 2001

Premiered in 2000 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Albany, N.Y., by organist Huw Lewis and the Franciscan Chamber Orchestra (Lanfranco Marcelletti, conductor).


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