Chorale Prelude on 'Yigdal'
For Organ solo (1999)
by Ron Hannah


Duration: about 3 minutes

    When I was asked to contribute a work to a collection of organ preludes, I went thumbing through an old protestant hymnal, looking for a tune that had a little more interest than the average four-square hymn. I found the tune Yigdal (commonly called Praise to the Living God), a traditional Jewish melody, and was intrigued by its tonal ambiguity - it seemed to begin in F- and end in Ab+ That was enough. I proceeded to write an arpeggiated ostinato, under which I tucked this tune and also interpolated a few bars of my own at cadence points. The result is quite nice, and makes an appropriate postlude or offertory piece.

    It has been published by Conners Publications both separately and as part of a collection of such works by various living composers, entitled Five Hymn Preludes for Organ - Volume 1.