Old Stone Church

 

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by Frederick Frahm. For organ solo. The Old Stone Church is not about any particular building or sacred space but rather an architecture as suggested by the title. The music is constructed phrase by phrase (brick by brick) to form an austere and imposing structure. Designed for a large instrument and a resonant space, this work explores the concept of a massive space built by human hands to encompass a divine idea. The music finds expression in grandeur, fits of nervous energy, and a brief admission of melancholy.

At dawn the Mass
burgeons from stone
a Jesse tree
of resurrection…

Geoffrey Hill, from the Pentecost Castle, 1978