Old Stone Church


By Frederick Frahm. Concert work for organ after a poem by Geoffrey Hill.


Program notes:

Not about any particular building, this music, constructed phrase by phrase (brick by brick), forms an austere imposing structure, and explores the concept of a massive space built by human hands to encompass a divine idea. ‘Old Stone Church’ finds expression in grandeur, fits of nervous energy, and a brief admission of melancholy.

At dawn the Mass
burgeons from stone
a Jesse tree
of resurrection…

Geoffrey Hill, from the Pentecost Castle, 1978

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