In this video, made on 20 June 2017 at during a rehearsal break for a 21 June 2017 concert at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, organist-composer Frederick Hohman plays his own virtuosic organ solo composition, entitled METHUEN FANFARE. The work is inspired by the organ case and the room acoustics at Methuen Memorial Music Hall. The score to METHUEN FANFARE bears a dedicatory inscription to Mr. Edward Sampson, who has served for more than 20 years on the administrative board of Methuen Memorial Music Hall, and who has maintained a friendship with organist-composer Hohman since the late 1980s. The work was premiered at Methuen Memorial Music Hall as the opening work on Frederick Hohman's 21 June 2017 organ recital appearance at Methuen, his eighth such concert appearance at the noteworthy Boston-area music venue. At the 21 June 2017 concert, Mr. Sampson was honored with a presentation of the first printed copy of the score of the composition.
The work takes its thematic inspiration from extra-musical sources, and its main theme has a driving rhythm typical of that found in heavy metal rock band riffs. This recurring riff, stating incompletely at first, becomes more complete in the repeat of the exposition, and its octaves become fully harmonized in the recapitulation of the work. The main theme, with driving rhythm in 4/4 common meter, is contrasted against slow moving triplets in the development, as harmonic patterns are layered over main theme fragments in what is an obvious hemiola rhythmic device. Double pedaling, often with interval spans of octaves, tenths, twelfths as well as two octave and 28-note spans, is employed throughout the work. Punctuating the work are occasional virtuosic flourishes with rapid chromatic scales and an occasional glissando and arpeggio.
The music score to METHUEN FANFARE has been published by Zarex Scores, and may be purchased at the internet website ProOrgano.com. It appears in the Music Scores area of the webstore.