forces: Organ
duration: 3'00"
published by: Peters Edition

A performance of Laudes by the young Australian organist Marko Sever can be heard here:

Composers' Note

Laudes was commissioned by the Master and Fellows of St John’s College, Cambridge, with support from the Herbert Howells Organ Music Fund. It was first performed by Edward Picton-Turbervill, Herbert Howells Organ Scholar, on 30th April 2014, at the end of a live broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio Three.

The brief for Laudes was that it should occupy the very limited space between the conclusion of worship and  the end of the complete radio transmission. Although fleeting elements of recapitulation nod towards a fairly conventional sonata structure, the piece aims to communicate as an improvisation, unfolding more or less organically in what should (apart from the slightly broader introduction) feel like a single sustained exhalation. To that end, the music was actually written at a single sitting and within a single day. This was accomplished away from any keyboard, with marginal amendments made only after the score was complete in all essentials. The abstract Latin title hints at the optimistic mood of the music while leaving it applicable to a variety of contexts within the Church year or, indeed, to recital use.


Composers' Note