Jazz Concerto For Organ & Orchestra

  • The St. Andrew's - Wesley Concerto
  • 2000
  • 28'

Virtuoso concerto for organ includes boogie, blues, swing, cool jazz, ragtime, and Dixieland.
Boogie Pipes 9’; Blue Pipes 5’; Cool Pipes 6’; Hot Pipes (Ragging the Pipes!) 8’.
Movements can also be played as individual pieces.
Commissioned by Calgary International Organ Foundation/Music Canada, 2000/Hamber Foundation.
Performances: Premiere: Wayne Marshall – organ, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Howard Cable, conductor, May 13, 2000; also Marnie Geisbrecht Organ, Edmonton Symphony; Neil Cockburn Organ, Calgary Philharmonic.
Broadcast on CBC Radio 1 and 2, and American Public Radio, on Michael Barone’s Pipe Dreams.
Suitable for pop, and classic concert series.
Difficulty: Organist: excellent university/professional. Orchestra: excellent youth/community to professional.
Instrumentation: Pipe organ, or electronic organ, 2222/4331/timp/2 perc/strings.
Organ/piano performance/rehearsal score, orchestra score for sale (orchestra parts – rental).

“The most warmly received work on the program….a Jazz Organ Concerto by Victor Davies. …. the redoubtable Meil Cockburn, an organist as at home in blues as in Bach, performing movements with titles such as Boogie Pipes and Hot Pipes. Filled with clever tunes and hot rhythms, this concerto was a real hit, not the least in its great final movement based on ragtime rhythms. Brilliantly performed by Cockburn, with colourful registrations and superbly delivered virtuoso licks, the concertto had the audience tapping its feet in obvious enjoyment.”

Kenneth Delong – Calgary Herald (Calgary Philharmonic – CPO Light Classics Concert)

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