The organ is a complex and spiritual instrument – for some, a religion in itself. I have attempted to exploit these qualities in this sonata. This is my first work for organ, written in response to a competitive opportunity held by Syracuse University. At the time (and perhaps fittingly), I was studying early music, particularly two-part conducti.
The sonata’s two movements might be regarded as, respectively, a question and an answer. The characteristics of the answer might seem to denote what exactly the question is, although I am not sure. I will stop there, not wanting to encroach upon the interpretations of others.
I look forward to exploring the organ more in future works. The composition of this sonata involved detailed correspondence with Christopher Cook. His lifetime’s knowledge of the organ proved invaluable. In an effort to show my thanks, the work is dedicated to him.