Marked "Innig" (Introspective"), the canon at the 5th is sounded on the Great, with the repeated chord accompaniment on the Swell. The time interval
is adjusted slightly throughout. A dramatic transition (3 identical open-5th chords over the "missing" third in the pedal) leads to a new tempo, where
32nd notes prevail and, after a scattering of entrances in various keys, the interval of an octave is chosen for the new melody, often doubled in the
bass. The decrescendo is symbolized by everything being played on the Swell. Drama is heightened by triplets appearing in the accompaniment, and then
the Canon reëmerges on the Great, again at the interval of a 5th. Introduction of daring chromaticism continues the trancelike state of this piece but
gives way to a gentle repetitive ending. Impulse reverberation added. WAV file is available in RAR format: here (23.1 MB).
Jackson/Brown & Arkley at St. Stephens Anglican, Penrith, NSW, Australia (1877/1977) -
Samples by Nicholas Appleton
- Canon 4, Op. 56
Audio track was created with Hauptwerk v. 1 software
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