Variations on Simple Gifts

Organ solo 9′

Written for an organ dedication recital, this piece gives ample opportunity to feature both bombast and sensitivity.

Listen to a performance by James Frazier, Henderson organ of Wayzata Community Church. Used by permission.




SKU: MSM 10-450 Category:


Variations on Simple Gifts (2008)

Organ solo
9′ duration
Commissioned for the rededication in 2008 of the Skinner organ at the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist, St. Paul, MN.
Premiere: James Frazier, Saint Paul, MN 10/08
Published by MorningStar Music. Distributed by Canticle.

Program Note

After a brief toccata, the theme “Simple Gifts” is introduced, along with a dance motive taken from it. There are five variations and a brilliant, rather jazzy finale. The work was conceived for an instrument with three or more manuals, with loud reeds in at least two divisions.



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