A Bedfordshire Voluntary (2014)
for Organ (manuals only)
Erik Simmons, organ
Duration: 4 min.
Dedication: for Paul Edwards
Recorded on Preludio: Music for Organ by Carson Cooman (2016)
Publisher: Fagus-Music.com in "The Second Fagus Book of Voluntaries for Manuals"
Performance materials available from the publisher.
A Bedfordshire Voluntary (2014) is modeled on the genre of the 18th century English baroque organ voluntary (as perfected by John Stanley and his contemporaries). The work is dedicated to Paul C. Edwards, a native of Bedfordshire, an editor of repertoire within this genre, and a composer of contemporary works inspired by this period. In the traditional manner, a slow introductory section for the diapasons is followed by a lively allegro featuring a cornet (or trumpet) solo.