Publisher: Fagus Music
Difficulty Level: 4-5
Year of Publication: 2010
Duration: 3 minutes
Availability: In Print
Printed Copy: RRP £18.00
In the Fagus Book of Quiet Voluntaries for Easter
PDF Copy: RRP £13.50
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A short interlude on this traditional Easter carol, suitable for the quieter moments in the season. Also suitable for use at other times of year and would make a nice addition to a concert or recital.
This collection of 27 pieces provides quieter pieces for use as opening voluntaries during the Easter season, specifically composed so that the results ‘should be capable of being played by players of modest ability, or quickly prepared by those who are more skilled’. The book succeeds in these aims, with a collection in a wide variety of styles. Chorale and hymn tunes form the basis; Noël Nouvelet appears four times, each with a very different approach. Some pieces are quite conventional in their harmonic approach, others more adventurous, but the standard is universally good. There is something for everyone, and the use of these pieces need not be confined to the Easter period. The only non-contemporary composer included is Pachelbel, represented by a Partita on Salzburg and a chorale prelude on ‘Christ lag in Todesbanden’. This is a highly useful collection.
Trevor Webb in RSCM Church Music Quarterly (March 2012)
Concert, Recital, Church, Worship, Easter, Holy Week, Passiontide, Good Friday