Use: Ordinary Time
Required Resources: Organ
This Prelude is structured very much like a Fantasia with four distinct sections.
After a toccata-like introduction, with a sixteenth-note right hand motion over quarter-note chords, the first section presents the hymn tune with a straighforward harmonization.
The second section, a Scherzetto, tosses the melody around, often disjointed, using 8' and 2' flutes.
After considerable modulation and ample staccato, the tempo slows into the next section.
Lush strings, in four or five-part texture, sing out the melody in section three.
Above this, very ingeniously on a 4' pedal flute, we hear a lyric descant.
The opening toccata material returns in the final section, eventually moving into sixteenth-note sextuplets over the melody in the pedal.
Three dissonant chords resolve to a final C Major chord, not without grace note C-sharps in double pedal, though.
This is a truly engaging treatment of this well-loved melody!