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Aria, Op 51
1943; the composer's own arrangement for organ solo of the slow movement of his Sonata for trumpet and piano

'Peeters: Organ Music' (CDA67825)
Peeters: Organ Music
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Track 2 on CDA67825 [3'42]

Aria, Op 51
The Aria dates from the War years; it originated in 1943 as the slow movement of a Sonata for trumpet and piano, and it is still a permanent fixture on exam syllabuses for aspiring young trumpeters. Peeters also arranged it for violin, for cello, and for solo organ, and it is in this form that it is most often heard. The expressive melody unfolds above an accompaniment of soft repeated chords—a technique that Peeters used to equally telling effect in the slow movement of the Organ Concerto. As in so much of his finest work, there is a simplicity and sincerity in this music that speaks directly to the heart.

from notes by David Gammie © 2011

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