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A Festive Voluntary 'Variations on Good King Wenceslas'

'Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 4' (CDA67197)
Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 4
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A Festive Voluntary 'Variations on Good King Wenceslas'
I wrote A Festive Voluntary (Variations on Good King Wenceslas) in response to a commission from the Southern Cathedrals Festival for the re-opening of the Chichester Cathedral organ. My immediate thoughts as to the main character of this work are clear: it should be festive, joyous and display the richness and diversity of colours of the instrument. Thus I decided to write a continuous set of variations with varying combinations of stops, especially the reeds. Looking for a theme for the variations, I wanted to find something that would connect my country with Great Britain. I found this in the person of our King and national saint and the English medieval tune based on the lovely carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’. I took this tune as the basis for the Voluntary, in the hope that the joyfulness of this melody would be reflected in my variations.

from notes by Petr Eben © 2005
English: Roland Smithers

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Details for CDA67197 track 1
Recording date
15 June 2004
Recording venue
Hedvig Eleonora Kyrhan, Stockholm, Sweden
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  1. Eben: Organ Music, Vol. 4 (CDA67197)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: July 2005
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