In Memoriam A.C.

for organ

ca. 5 minutes

To be premiered by Anne Laver, organ

This piece was composed in memory of Andrew “Andy” Chopra (1984-2021), who passed away in early 2021 after a long battle with cancer. Andy was an organist, a composer, and a friend. He was technically my first composition teacher back when I was in high school and I wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to pursue. His early encouragement certainly played a huge role getting me to where I am now. I will always keep fond memories of performing and discussing music together. Many composers have written works in homage to their teachers who have passed, and I felt a work for organ was more than appropriate for Andy. The work is based on one short chant-like figure that reoccurs and develops against a simple ostinato backdrop, initially based on the notes “A” and “C” for Andy’s initials.

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