Program Note for Meditation (Noël Nouvelet) (organ, 2002)


(excerpt)

This work is the first work of mine written after the tragedy of September 11 and it is as much a meditation on how our world has changed as it is a personal reawakening for my work as a composer.  The hymn tune Noël Nouvelet is associated with rebirth, renewal, and growth, and in that light this piece begins in a dark environment and moves toward that melody.  The melodic arabesques in the center of the work are integrated with elements of the old French carol and eventually the hymn tune emerges in the pedal.  At the end, the ascent continues on and hovers in quiet stasis.  The text (often sung with this melody) echoes in my memory “…now the green blade rises…”