SIX PRELUDES FOR ORGAN – 1950/50

Name of Work, Instrumentation (Orchestral Works), Dedicatee(s)

SIX PRELUDES FOR ORGAN:

Note-ay: PRELUDE I appears on the first pages of Gershon Ephros, Cantorial Anthology: Traditional and Modern Synagogue Music, Vol III: ‘Sholosh R’golim‘ (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1975, copyright date 1948), pp. 1-2, within the section ‘Evening Service for Shalosh R’golim’ (the ‘Three Pilgrim Festivals’), and receives the subtitle ‘Invocation’. The date given at the end of the piece is November 9, 1946, thus predating the publication by G. Schirmer by some four years. In the same volume, PRELUDE II, subtitled ‘Meditation,’ appears on pp. 320-1 within the section Hazkoras N’homos (‘Memorial Service’), and is dated November 12, 1946. In Vol. VI: ‘The Recitative (for Rosh Hashonoh)’ (1977), pp. 101-2, the melody of ‘Invocation’ has been adapted, by the editor Gerson Ehros, to the High Holy Day text Ovinu Malkenu (‘Our Father, our King’) in the form of a cantorial solo recitative. A footnote on p. 101 indicates that this arrangement had been made by kind permission of G. Schirmer.

(John Stark, Tracy Cannon, Alexander Schreiner, Charles Marsh, Frank Asper, Marcel Tyrrel)

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Date Composed/Published: 1950/50

Length: 13′

Publisher Expiry of Copyright: Schirmer 2045

Courtesy Cambridge University Press, Editors Alexander Knapp, Norman Solomon