I was very excited to find out that my new piece, Pastorale on Sussex Carol, Op. 239 was included among the 6 winning pieces in the anthology Manuals Only Music for Christmas, published by Tim Knight Music. The other composers are - Adam Heron (competition winner, UK), my friend Phil Lehenbauer (USA), Luigi Mengoni (Italy), Roberto Fresia (Italy) and John Rossiter (UK). Congratulations to everyone! This is a really nice accomplishment which hopefully will lead to even more creativity.
Here's the blog post announcing the winners: https://www.timknightmusic.com/post/heron-s-holly-is-top-of-the-tree
My piece is inspired by the tune of Sussex Carol. It has 3 voices and should be played on 2 manuals - the right hand part takes up the tune and the left hand features the accompaniment. Since there is no voice crossing in the piece it could also sound well on a single manual organ. The composition is unified by a two-measure ostinato motive. The tune is presented 3 times - first in F major, then in C major with an ornamented left hand part and finally again in F major with both hand parts ornamented. The harmony of the composition is coloured by the use of Mixolydian mode in the accompaniment part. This piece will be very effective in liturgical and concert playing whenever gentle and calm music is desired.
The score is available here: https://www.timknightmusic.com/product-page/tkm891-manuals-only-music-for-christmas-6-pieces
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