A Holy Week Organ Meditation
Dear Parishioners and Friends of All Saints',
On March 16, I was privileged to play in the Lenten Recital Series at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church. For that concert, I gave my first public performance of the Grande Pièce Symphonique, by César Franck (1822-1890). This was the first piece written in what would become the French Symphonic style of organ composition. Though it can be divided into 3 or more movements, it is really one piece lasting 25 minutes.
I think that in listening to this piece, you will find it a wonderful meditation for Holy Week. It has moments of majesty, like Palm Sunday; moments of almost painful beauty like Maundy Thursday and Good Friday; and finally, a triumphant ending which is evocative of Easter and the Resurrection of Christ.
Unfortunately, the microphone placement for the live performance was not ideal, resulting in a less-than-satisfying recording. Therefore, I recorded again on March 29. I believe this recording gives a truer sense of the sound of the organ, as well as the acoustic of the room. I hope you find it to be useful and enjoyable. Please use This Link to access the recording.