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First Suite

for organ

Year:  1982   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  1982
Duration:  10m

John Wells

Composer:   John Wells

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1-3

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1 - 2

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This work is loosely based on the multi-section Buxtehude prelude, where different materials and textures are put together to form a suite of contrasting short pieces. The melodic motif C-B-G recurs throughout the piece: at the very opening; in the fugue subject; in the pedal line of the Aria and (in inverted form) in the Coda. For the historically minded, the Largamente introduction is a relic from an earlier Organ Sonata which was otherwise discarded.

Contents note

Five continuous sections: Largamente; Fugue; Recitativo; Aria; Allegro moderato

Performance history

22 Oct 2009: Lunchtime Organ Concert

Wells plays Wells; CD Ribbonwood RCD1009