This week I played an improvised fantasy on Nobilissima Viriditas on the Hook & Hastings organ at Good Shepherd church in Decorah, where I am organist and interim choir director. As with the orchestral composition, I divided the improvisation into seven sections, each with a length proportionate to the overall structure of the poem. All told, the performance lasted about 22 minutes, or roughly twice the projected length of the composition. The only section that was quoted directly from my sketches was section 5, “You are enclosed in the embrace of divine mysteries.” Enjoy!
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