Composer: Pinkham, Daniel
Publisher: E C Schirmer
for English horn and organ
by Daniel Pinkham (1923-2006)- American composer and organist
I. Ode to a Vigil at Twilight
II. Ode to the Stillness of Night
III. Ode to the Dawning of the DayThe opening movement, Ode to the Vigil at Twilight, is quiet, reflective and relaxed, with hint of sadness. Much of it is a dialog between the two instruments.
Ode to the Stillness of the Night is an extended tranquil cantilena for the English Horn over a hushed six-measure ostinato in the organ.
Ode to the Dawning of the New Day is a joyous dance reminiscent of a baroque gigue. The form is ABA. The B section is by contrast lyrical and in duple meter. The movement concludes with a spirited burst of energy.