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ORGAN SYMPHONIES

Each movement of all ten Organ Symphonies is written in such a way that, although it is symphonic in construction, it can be successfully played on its own. All these movements are titled and each one is independent and yet simultaneously related to the others conceptually. The average duration of a complete Organ Symphony is approximately thirty minutes.

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SYMPHONY NO 1

No. 1 SIGIL
This piece is a musical self-portrait. Its theme is derived from my initials. An exciting coda.
No. 2 SOUND SENSES
Very ethereal in nature.
No. 3 BIRTHDAY CHANT
This takes a fragment of the plainsong Alleluia, set for my birthday , and subjects it to certain compositional devices. A powerful work.
No. 4 TEMPUS FUGIT
A musical allegory of time literally flying.
No. 5
TRANSCENDING The opening theme goes through a number of transformations to portray a journey from one state of being to another.

SYMPHONY NO. 2

No. 1 ANTIPHON
As the title suggests, this piece is antiphonal in nature with meditative and joyous passages.
No. 2 EUPHONIA
Beautiful sounds.
No. 3 MELODIC LANDSCAPES  
Conjures up idyllic peace and nostalgia with an attractive melody and rich harmony.
No. 4 HARMONIES OF PERCEPTION
An introverted but at the same time demonstrative work. Melody accompanied by exquisite harmonic dissonances.
No. 5 PAEAN AND FUGUE
A festive and vibrant paean followed by fugal statements of the theme, with an exciting coda.

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SYMPHONY NO. 3

No. 1 SPACE WALK
This march is a light-hearted portrayal of an astronaut floating around the earth.
No. 2 OUT OF SPACE
The title has two meanings - feeling crowded or in another perception!
No. 3 CANONIC DIMENSIONS
A canon with cadences and a crescendo.
No. 4 INTERGALACTIC VOICES
The unimaginable voids of space? Very atmospheric.
No. 5 SPACE DANCE  
A cosmic break-dance of grand proportions.
SYMPHONY NO. 4

This symphony is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Helen Mary Heyes

No. 1 ENCOMION
A celebration of my mother's life.
No. 2 PAST TIME  
Two meanings to this title - looking back at life and beyond time itself. A memorable melody.
No. 3 LAMENTATIONS
The theme is based on the letters of my mother's name. A sad but compelling piece.
No. 4 PANACEA  Indeed a tonic!
No. 5  MARANATHA  An Aramaic word calling on Christ. The piece takes the form of a joyous, rhythmical dance, full of activity. Exciting!

   
SYMPHONY NO. 5

No. 1  INTRADA
A gradual crescendo of complex harmonic canons.
No. 2  ANDANTE, LENTO
Sensual melodies interspersed with luscious harmonies.
No. 3  SCHERZO
Truly playful with an unusual end.
No. 4 FINALE
A tour de force. Chords representing love, hate, life and death are juxtaposed with brilliant toccata sections. The coda is entitled, 'The March of Oblivion'. Must be heard.
 

SYMPHONY NO. 6

No. 1  RERUM OMNIUM NODUS
This title is a quote from Cicero's writing on the subject of the Pythagorean/Platonic cosmos and describes the number seven. Literally translated, 'The Knot of Almost Everything'. What Cicero is alluding to is 'The Key to the Universe'. This piece takes the form of chords and refrains using a fragment of the first melody that I ever notated.
No. 2  MIRABILE DICTU  (Marvellous to Behold) 
A jubilant canon and majestic chordal passages adorned with glorious modulations of key.
No. 3  PYTHAGOREAN DREAMS (YouTube)
In ancient Greece the Pythagorean cult performed music to induce peace and tranquillity. The work uses the Pythagorean Scale which represents The Music of the Spheres. Very atmospheric music of stunning beauty.
No. 4  HYPOSTASIS
The essence, real personal subsistence. A delightful piece designed to give food for thought.
No. 5  REMEMBER ME
A brilliant toccata. The opening passage uses the rhythmic intonation from Henry Purcell's 'Dido's Lament' (Remember Me) in order to celebrate the  tercentenary of the composer's death.

SYMPHONY NO. 7

No. 1  RHAPSODY
A montage of captivating melodies joined by exuberant chordal progressions.
No. 2  MEDITATION
Slow, ravishing modal melodies, accompanied by contemplative harmonies, combine to induce a sense of serenity.
No. 3 TIME PLAY  (YouTube)
A stunning display of syncopated dance rhythms, followed by canons of soaring intensity. Breath taking!
No. 4  SONIC VISIONS
Written to mark the new millennium. Rapid passages, apocalyptic chords, arabesques of joy, inventive canons and chorales combine to make a fearsome proclamation of the 21st century.

SYMPHONY NO. 8

No.1 INTROIT
A juxtaposition of fast and slow passages which end with a fugal treatment of the plainsong subject.
No. 2 BEYOND
Two melodies, the first with its distinctive character and the second, distant and mysterious, combine to produce and evocative composition.
No. 3 ARCHIMEDES (YouTube)
The genius of Archimedes seemed to have no bounds. He thought that his greatest contribution to geometry was his Ratio of a Sphere to a Cylinder 2:3. It is said that he wanted this achievement recorded on his tombstone.
As a tribute, I have incorporated the Ratio in this work. Eclectic music, both joyous and majestic.
No. 4  POEM
A feast of melodic invention and harmonic colour.
No. 5 TERPSICHORE
The title is derived from the Greek words terpein (to enjoy) and choros (dance). After an ascending introduction, ostinato chords accompanied by canonic augmentation and diminution unite to create a dance. There then follows a section depicting Whirling Dervishes, succeeded by a chordal passage. The music then further develops the previous ideas and ends with a toccata coda.

SYMPHONY NO. 9

No.1 PASSACAGLIA
Although one always remembers J S  Bach's genius in this form, my work with its 20 variations on this original theme bears little relation to his passacaglia.
In my manipulation of numerous melodic and harmonic devices I have endeavoured to create a work of beauty and majesty.
No. 2 MINUET AND TRIO  
A 21st century interpretation of and 18th century form.  The Minuet employs whole tone harmony which is contrasted by the Trio's simple melodic canons.
No. 3 NIGHT LIGHT
An evocation of the incredible.  The vision of an area of instant daylight surrounded by night.  With modal melodies and harmonic reverie it evokes the enigmatic.
No. 4 MAGIC OF THE MOMENT
This fusion of alluring melodies and harmonic modulations conjures up a sense of spontaneity, accompanied by episodes in a more reflective mood.
No. 5 KRATOS (YouTube)
From the Greek meaning strength and power.
An impressive array of rhythmic drive, stark harmonies and striking melodic fragments develop and culminate in an uncompromising show of splendour and power.  A musical portrayal of the different manifestations of the meaning of Kratos.

 

SYMPHONY NO. 10

No. 1 OREMUS (YouTube)
From the Latin meaning Let us Pray.
Breathtaking toccatas, rapid thematic passages and choral dialogues combine to produce this transcendent supplication.
No. 2 ONTOGENIC VARIANTS
This piece opens with its attractive them in canon with a pedal accompaniment, followed by two variations.  There is then further development of the three variants concluding on a soft chord of F major.
No. 3 MEMORANDUM MYSTIQUE
Sumptuous harmonies accompany slow modal melodies, exotic thematic material and arcane chord progressions collude in an attempt to reveal the unknowable.
No. 4 ESCHATOLOGIC STUDY (YouTube)
This title has two meanings.
1. A study on the last and final
2. A study in compositional techniques.
Idiomatically this work is eclectic.  The spirit is awoken by a succession of rhythmic ostinatos, melismatic energy, antiphonal chords and apocryphal fanfares.  An awesome finale to this Tenth Symphony.

SYMPHONY NO. 11

No. 1 TREE LANGUAGE
An evocation of the impressive sight of a forest of mature trees.
No. 2 CATACOUSTIC VISIONS
Mysterious music with its echo effects, hypnotic theme, contrast of tempo and dynamics.  This is a compelling composition.
No. 3 YOU SING THE UNKNOWN
Based on a single bird's song which caught my attention
No. 4 THE RING OF SPRING
A triumphant toccata depicting the vigour and energy of Spring.

 

SYMPHONY NO. 12

No. 1 ECLIPSE
Written to celebrate the 1999 total eclipse of the sun.  The music evokes the powerful, primeval nature of this event.
No. 2 HEARD, SEEN AND TOUCHED (YouTube)
A meditation on the First Letter of St John, chapter 1, verses 1 - 4.
No. 3 THOUGHT PATTERN NUMBER 1
Light hearted two part melodies and reflective chord sequences, together create a sense of well-being.
No. 4 THOUGHT PATTERN NUMBER 2
A hypnotic rhythmic drive evokes overtones of impending menace.
No. 5 HIS NAME IS MUSIC
Composed in 2000 to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of J S Bach.  This piece takes the form of a dance trio concluding in a glorious hymn of joy.

SYMPHONY NO. 13

No. 1  PARCE DOMINE  (YouTube )(Spare, O Lord)
This work uses a fragment of this Lenten plainsong to mighty effect.
No. 2 REQUIEM AETERNAM (YouTube)
A slow, mournful melody unfolds between the right hand and pedal.
No. 3 HANGING ON THE CROSS (YouTube)
A meditation on the awesome events leading to the death of Christ.
No. 4 INTERCESSION NUMBER 1
(Plainsong from the Litany of the Saints)  A choral prelude with the theme in canon.
No. 5 INTERCESSION NUMBER 2
A powerful interpretation of the Litany.

SYMPHONY NO. 14

No. 1 SONG OF THE ANNOINTED
A tuneful celebration of the Christ figure.
No. 2 CANTUS
Highly melodious with a gentle, rocking accompaniment is an apt description of this serenely tranquil music.
No. 3 EPIGRAPH
A metaphorical inscription in sound.  This two part work could also be described as a musical citation.
No. 4 BENEDICTION
Two part canons and exquisite chord sequences in close harmony embrace the spiritual.
No. 5 PNEUMA
This breath of a soul is sumptuously rich in harmonic and melodic invention.

SYMPHONY NO. 15
 

This is the last Organ Symphony that I shall write.  I am immensely proud of accomplishing the mammoth achievement of being the only person ever to have composed and recorded  fifteen Organ Symphonies.  Although I have found it a very rewarding endeavour, sadly it has often been a thankless task.

No. 1 IMPRESSIONS OF AUSTRALIA (YouTube)
My trip to Australia in 2007 inspired me to write this eclectic music.  A striking melody which emulates the rhythmic intonation of the word Australia dominates throughout.  Together with energetic passages and joyous chords they celebrate an amazing continent.
No. 2 MIND MUSIC
The memorable melody which permeates the whole work is the result of an idée fixe that I experienced on numerous occasions.
No. 3 QUONDAM
A strident evocation of the past.
No. 4 BEFORE THE CLOSE (YouTube)
This simple melody, together with characteristic harmony, manifests my penultimate symphonic work.
No. 5 FANTASY FINITO
The last movement of the last Symphony, a magnificent swansong.