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Word over all, beautiful as the sky, Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage must in time be utterly lost …
This was the passage from Walt Whitman which inspired Owain Park’s Images, a creative and powerful exploration of the many tonal possibilities of the English organ. This is a piece where the building has been written into the music. Motifs are passed between different parts of the organ, ricocheting around the space. The recurrent trumpet calls that occur throughout the piece change their character based on their surroundings, sometimes heard alone and at other times with whispered harmonic support in the left hand, over a pedal drone, or in the midst of a slow ostinato. At the end of the work, the same trumpet calls are heard juxtaposed with a walking pedal line that lends the music a sense of inevitability, gradually slowing to a halt as the calls fade into the distance.
from notes by Anna Lapwood © 2021