A meditative organ prelude on the "Haec Dies" gradual from the Liber Usualis.
Through this project I am seeking funding to support the composition, performance, recording, and publication of a meditative prelude for positive organ. The piece will be written with the Rieger Model V organ at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Roseville, MN in mind, though it will be playable on almost any two-manual-and-pedalboard instrument. The Rieger Model V is a smaller, chamber-sized instrument, and this composition will add to the repertoire for organs incapable of performing works written with the "Grand Orgue" in mind.
The composition will be suitable for performance before or during church services or in a concert setting. It will be based on "Haec Dies", the gradual for Easter Day as found in the Liber Usualis. The text of the gradual comes from Psalm 118. Stylistically, the piece overlays various segments of the chant in free, spatially notated rhythm. The difficulty level of the piece is aimed at moderately skilled keyboardists, with the pedal part consisting of long drones playable by performers with little to no pedal technique. The piece is registration-heavy, allowing the performer to explore the nuances of the organ's color palette, though it provides ample time perform changes (as the Rieger V does not have the ability to pre-set registrations).
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The composition of the Meditation itself will not be an issue (it's pretty much written as of the start of the campaign). Most difficult will likely be producing a suitably clean audio recording of the piece, unless funding is successful enough to allow me to acquire most of the equipment on my wish list (mics, a mixer, a more powerful digital audio workstation, etc., all of which would likely run to a couple thousand dollars). Another potential difficulty will be providing those four very generous $200 patrons with timely, quality compositions, though this will likely be less of a problem as I tend to write better and more quickly on spec with deadlines than I do with "write whatever you like" pieces.
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