Variations on Simple Gifts (2008)
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.
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.