Somnium transiens (2022)
Carson Cooman, organ
Erik Simmons, organ
Duration: 5 min.
Dedication: for Benjamin Righetti
Publisher: SMP Press
Performance materials available from the publisher.
Somnium transiens (2021) is dedicated to Benjamin Righetti. The Latin title means “Passing Dream.”
The piece was originally conceived for a historic organ in an unequal temperament (including meantone temperament). An early Italian instrument, single-manual with coupled pedal (with or without 16’), and with a typically characterful Principal 8’, would be most ideal.
However, it is certainly possible to play the work on other kinds of organs or with equal temperament. On instruments with a voicing style that does not have a strong and characterful Principal 8’, adding a Principal 4’ or Flute 4’ to the basic color may be necessary to produce the right effect. On some organs, a quiet 16’ stop will likely also be beneficial to add to the pedal. In this context, a suggestion is also made near the end to use a solo color for a rising line.