Gary and Elbé's Love Song (2007)

for organ

Dedicated to Gary and Elbé Roberts on their wedding day
Bardic Edition Score BDE 953

Première

First performance: Saturday 24 November 2007; South Africa; Cameron Upchurch organperformance details.

Programme note

I wrote this short organ solo for the wedding of my good friends Gary and Elbé Roberts on 27 November 2007 in the Chapel of St John’s College, Johannesburg. It is perhaps a microcosm of some of my compositional concerns: Xhosa harmony, asymmetrical rhythmic patterning, falling melodic figuration – but unusually a heptatonic scale. The suggested registration of reeds and strings takes note of Gary and Elbé’s own instruments: oboe and violin respectively. Two tiny quotes from my ‘Piano Concerto No 1 (Rain Dancing)’ towards the end recognise Gary’s instrumental role, so to speak, in mounting its world premiere with the Johannesburg Philharmonic earlier in 2007 when he was artistic director.