Suite for Trumpet and Organ

The suite reinterprets the early dance styles found in the trumpet and organ sutes of Purcell, Clarke and Handel.

A leitmotif running through all the movements is the bell-like sounds of high-pitched organ stops. These passages are all derived from the harmonic series of the underlying notes of a Finnish hymn tune. The quiet higher partials of the harmonic series are heard amplified and coloured by the unique sounds of the organ’s higher register.

The second movement, subtitled ‘a Scotsman abroad’, is dedicated to the memory of my friend Derek Smith, of Glasgow, who died in 2009. 

© Alastair Stout 2022