Diptych for the Baptism of Our Lord


By Joel Peters. For organ solo in two movements. The first movement features a sustained pattern of energy over pedal points, the second features a dramatic alternate notation.


Of this set the composer writes:

The undulating eighths and triplets in the River Jordan convey the flowing waters of the river Jordan. The continual change of the time signature and the variation of figures mimics the river’s widening and narrowing twists and turns.

The Voice of the Lord attempts to express the all-encompassing nature of the voice of the Lord as described in Psalm 29. The drama of the beauty and terror woven into the composition was inspired by the opening lines of Rainer Maria Rilke’s first Duino Elegy (trans. by Stephen Mitchell):

For beauty is nothing
but the beginning of terror,
which we still are just able to endure,
and we are so awed because it serenely disdains
to annihilate us…