Music Composers Unite!
Back in the 1950s (when I was assistant organist) it was quite common for the organist to play an improvisational prelude or postlude preceding or following a church service. The following postlude was one which began as an improvisation, but was finally written to score. (Such a long time ago.)
Not quite sure where to post an organ work here.
The art of improvisation is dying; it first did so in what the public considers classical music, it next is doing so in what the public considers jazz. The composition itself is quite charming. I commend you on your life well lived within music.
There are still traditional churches where the organ is just as important as in the 50's. And improvisation during the last verse of a hymn is sill important. I don't think improvisation is dying, but it is a matter of taste, and it is changing.
I'm 62 and play lead guitar in my church band. When you listen to contemporary Christian music, there is no real lead guitar. Not like in the 70s and 80s. I put it in, and I can't tell you how many times folks of all ages thank me for playing the leads that I do. On the other hand, maybe they're just being polite and really what me not play. Hmmmm.
Thanks for posting this. Brought back a lot of memories.
I'll agree with that, at 29, as a improviser of classical and jazz as well as a substitute organist.
I enjoyed the different timbres that you used in the organ, and the slight variations each time the main theme sounded. The syncopation in the chime section was delightful making me wish the section was twice as long only because I wanted to hear more of the effect. This piece brought such joy to my soul since it reminded me of my organist friends who are ministers of music in their respected churches. They so graciously allow me to compose, experiment, and play on their wonderful and majestic instruments. Thank you once again for sharing, and your contribution to both worship and music throughout the years.
Rod, thank you so much for your kind words. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the little work. (It has been a long time -- decades -- since I was able to sit before the king of instruments...)