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.
The score for this work, as part of a collection, has been made available online by going to the Noteflight Online Music Notation
Software web site, clicking Marketplace, and entering "Organ" in the Search feature. Full watermarked copies of this and many other scores are there and may be heard on a PC by clicking the desired artwork (photo of organ console) and then Playback in
the top left.
Four of these collections are available, and every piece is 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.
A free copy of suggestions for performance of this work in PDF form suitable for downloading and printing may be obtained on this web site [See menu bar, Free Stuff].
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 and
the writing of every score this author has composed.