Autumn Landscapes


This three-movement work for organ was written for composer and organist Carson Cooman. The entire work was inspired by memories of Autumn from my childhood. There is a macabre element at play in this piece. The title of the first movement, "Autumn's Slow Fire," refers to the burning of leaves as well as the fiery reds of Autumn. The thick, rich and pungent harmonies of the first movement give way to a more sparse second movement, "Dusk in November," in which a duet unfolds contrapuntally over a walking bass in the pedals. This is an arioso cast in a funereal tone. The third movement, "Frosty Moonlit Cobwebs, is a scherzo in rondo form. In this case I was remembering some very chilly Halloween evenings.

© John Carbon 2015