Et Resurrexit (Theme, Fantasy and Fugue), opus 49 (1966)

"This work was begun early in 1966 and completed during the summer.  The first performance was by Robert Munns later that year.  Although purely abstract in design, the work attempts to give musical expression to the individual's struggle for belief in the miracle of the resurrection.  The opening phrase of four notes is a kind of symbol, and in musical terms the struggle is between chromatic and diatonic versions of this simple idea.  Altough in three distinct movements, the form of the piece could also be described as continuous variation, since the opening phrase undergoes constant transformation in the course of each movement."  KL

First perf:  London, Brompton Parish Church, November 16, 1966; Robert Munns.

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