Norwegian church-music composer Egil Hovland, born near Oslo in 1924, has produced a large body of works for the organ, encompassing a wide range of styles and compositional techniques. His output also includes church music and several multimedia sacred dramatic works. His teachers included Holmboe, Copland and Dallapiccola. The Toccata ‘Now thank we all our God’
presents the lines of the chorale in canon between the outer parts, while the brilliant manual figuration alternates three distinct musical ideas. The choppy alternating chords of the final page gradually become note clusters, bringing the piece to a whirlwind conclusion.
from notes by Stephen Westrop © 2004