Rhapsody in A (2017)
Erik Simmons, organ
Duration: 8 min.
Dedication: for Alessandro Bianchi
Commission: Commissioned by Alessandro Bianchi
Publisher: Zimbel Press/Subito Music Corp.
Rhapsody in A (2017) is dedicated to organist Alessandro Bianchi and was written for premiere performance on the 1904 Lewis & Co. organ in Ayr Town Hall, Ayr, Scotland, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the organ concert series there.
The title refers both to the tonal/modal center of A and to the first letters of both “Alessandro” and “Ayr.”
The rhapsody is entirely based on the unaccompanied melody first heard at the outset. This melody serves as the basis of the following contrasting sections; it is used both motivically and to determine the harmonic excursions. The music ends jubilantly.