Variazioni sawiane (2021)
Erik Simmons, organ
Duration: 8 min.
Dedication: for Jan Bartłomiej Bokszczanin
Publisher: Zimbel Press/Subito Music Corp.
Variazioni sawiane (2021) was written for organist Jan Bartłomiej Bokszczanin. The title refers to the Polish composer Marian Sawa (1937–2005), and the variations are based on a theme from his music. The theme is a metricized version of the original psalm chant from his final composition, Missa Claromontona (2005) for chorus, organ, and timpani (publ. Polihymnia of Łublin, 2020).
An introduction based on the theme’s opening motive leads to a gentle aria that presents the melodic theme twice in its entirety. This is followed by a quasi-ricercare, a scherzetto, a meditation, and a festive return to the opening material.