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 piece from the first collection entitled Ten Pieces for the Organ,
2 Staff, Op. 1-9 is worked in "keyboard style" without observing the limits of voice ranges and is relatively easy to learn and play. It has no pedal part. It would be difficult to find another recessional score for intermediate skill level
in simple triple time under 3 minutes in length like this, that's this effective.
This work, along with all the other scores posted here for an unusual free download, are written so the stretch for the hands is an octave or less.
Organists are always looking for new music of sturdy build, of the type which these pieces exemplify. This is not the kind of music that's likely to disappear after a few years and be replaced by something more up to date.
Listeners will note
the powerful, pervading bass in this work which came about from using 2 hands on the main manual only, without employing the Pedal stops.
For a free copy of this score in PDF format ... See menu bar [FREE STUFF subpage, 10 Pieces Op. 1-9].
For a description of how this piece was put together ... See blog/archive [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 200 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.com as
a web site and the writing of every score this author has composed.