Status: Usually despatched within 7 working days
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (London)
Commissioned for Philip Sawyer and first performed by him in August 2010 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Like MacMillan's Gaudeamus in loci paci (1998) this work has a trio texture and uses Gregorian chant as a basis. Meditation commences softly with the cantus firmus in the pedal, joined shortly after by a highly decorated figure in the left hand. The right hand joins a few bars later in imitation of the left but using a contrasting tone-colour. The texture changes part-way through the piece as chordal motifs are introduced, and the cantus firmus moves to the manuals. In the final section a brighter manual figuration occurs, and the music gradually builds to fortissimo, dies down, and then precipitately rises to a full organ resolution. Suitable for advanced standard players.