Recessional in D Major Op. 2 by Dr. Steven Monrotus, dedicated to and performed by Dr. Vidas Pinkevicius at Vilnius University St. John's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania, a worship center which has the largest pipe organ in Lithuania with some 3,500 pipes.
This is one of the most beautiful mechanical action instruments in Europe speaking into one of the finest acoustics in the world.
This is the 3rd piece from a collection of works entitled Ten Pieces for Organ Op. 1-9, the
scores of which being for two hands only have been adapted for performance at the piano and grouped separately as Ten Pieces for Piano Op. 1-9. This Recessional thus has no pedal part, is worked in "keyboard style" without
observing the limits of voice ranges, and is comparatively easy to learn and play. Listeners will note the powerful, pervading bass which comes about from using 2 hands on the main manual only, without employing the Pedal stops. It would be difficult
to find another contemporary recessional score written in simple triple time under 3 minutes in length and pitched at the easy intermediate skill level, where the stretch for the hands is kept at an octave or less, that's this effective and useful.
score may be previewed, heard with mp3 sample audio playback, or downloaded and printed from either of these links:
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A description for how this piece was put together has
been posted on this web site [See blog, Your Ideas].
Dr. Pinkevicius, the dedicatee of this work, is one of the finest performers in the world, a phenomenal and genius improvisor, an extraordinarily good teacher, an industrious and dedicated devotee
of the pipe organ, and an inspired composer and transcriber of organ music. We thank him for recording this piece along with many others and posting it on Youtube for public viewing.
NOTE: Dr. Pinkevicius is the webmaster of Secrets
of Organ Playing (www.organduo.lt). He has recorded over 300 online podcasts with organists and builders from around the world, has written hundreds of articles on organ playing, teaches music at
Vilnius University, teaches the organ through the Unda Maris studio in Vilnius, provides private instruction in organ playing, gives frequent recitals, has mentored many organ students from all over the globe, and has made many educational videos on various
aspects of organ playing. He was also instrumental (no pun intended) in providing critical guidance and encouragement leading to the launching of OrganBench and the writing of every score this author has composed.