Prelude and Passacaglia for Organ

Prelude and Passacaglia for Organ, on 'Liebster Jesu, wir sind Hier' and 'Who would true valour see', written by Peter Tranchell in 1952.

In his analysis of Peter Tranchell's music from the 1950s, Peter Marchbank noted:

Another short work for organ started in June 1952 is the Two Preludes on Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier and Who would true valour see. The first working title was Prelude and Passacaglia since the first Prelude was perhaps a homage to Bach from a twentieth-century perspective whilst the second is a Passacaglia, with a nod in the direction of Vaughan Williams. It is distinguished by the harmonic twist in the final bars that brings the music from an E major feel into a closing chord of D flat. Once again, there is a confidence in the part-writing that would make this short work a welcome addition to the organ repertoire.

We can also observe the melody of Monks Gate ("To be a pilgrim"!) clearly emerging in the closing bars of the Prelude:

Peter Tranchell extract from Prelude for Organ, 1952

Scores

Prelude (also opened by clicking on the score extract image above)

Passacaglia

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