Organ Plus One at St. James' Episcopal Church,
Jackson, MS, March 29, 2019.
Four organists, each a member of the Jackson Chapter of
the American Guild of Organists, are paired with four
players, each a member of the MS Symphony Orchestra(MSO),
this program of chamber music for organ and solo instrument.
Although the MSO is not an official sponsor here, this
program would be unthinkable without the musical resources
the MSO brings to our community. Having a full range of highly
skilled performers available for a variety of events is one of
the great secondary benefits the MSO provides not only to central
MS but to the state at large.
Darcie Bishop, Trumpet, and Don Messer, Organ, played first from
"Nine Pieces for Trumpet and Organ", by Jean Langlais, (1907-1991),
No. 6 - Andante - somewhat remorseful
No. 5 - Adagio - similar
No. 8 - Allegro - lively, and staccato
"Trois Prières sans paroles", by Jean-Michel Damase, (1982-2013)
II. Andantino - more traditional harmony, legato,
III. Allegretto - bigger sound, still legato, peaceful end.
"Non morietur in æternum", by Henri Sauget (1901-1989)
A florid fanfare to open, followed by fiery and
fantastic passages with a glorious climax.
Craig Young, Saxophone, and Carol Durham, Organ, played
"Sonate I" of Denis Bédard (b. 1950)
I. Invention - rhythmic, a melody shared back and forth
between the saxophone and the organ, a tonal piece with
lots of flourishes
II. Barcarolle - with a wave-like arpeggiated background
and a meditative melody, and
III. Humoresque - a lively melody for the saxophone with some
trills in the low end of its register.
Veronica Parrales, Violoncello, and Jannette Sudderth, Organ, played
"Prière", by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) in which
the 'cello quite literally sang;
"Salve Regina", by Hermann Schroeder (1904-1984), with
little of the dissonance I had expected, and then, from
"Dances Sacrees" (Enjott Schneider, b. 1950)
I. Mysterioso - somewhat slow, with rich sounding passages
from the lower range of the 'cello, and
II. Vivo con passione - reflective of the title, frequent
frenetic (or frantic) episodes.
Julie Hudik, Oboe, and Michael Beattie, Organ, played, from
"Diptyque", by Gaston Litaize (1909-1991,"
I. Andantino - a meditative oboe solo with a phrase
mi-sol-fi-fa repeated by the organ, and
II. Scherzo - ornamenteds solo in 3/8 time.
This was an unusual program, very well-planned and performed, and satisfying.
The instrumental combinations and the music played are not often
heard here, and I strongly hope that in the future we will have
the opportunity to hear similar programs often.
Glenn A. Gentry