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Margaret Vardell Sandresky — Variations on an Original Theme (2011) for organ

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Published on Jan 10, 2014

Margaret Vardell Sandresky (b. 1921) — Variations on an Original Theme (2011) for organ
Carson Cooman, organ [C. B. Fisk organ, op. 139, Memorial Church, Harvard University]
Published by Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. in "Organ Music, Vol. 9" [forthcoming]

Margaret Vardell Sandresky (b. 1921) was born in Macon, Georgia and educated at the Salem College School of Music and the Eastman School of Music in organ and composition with Harold Gleason, Howard Hanson, and Bernard Rogers. After teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory, and the University of Texas in Austin, she joined the faculty of Salem College where she taught until her retirement in 1986. She also founded the organ department at the North Carolina School for the Arts in 1965. Sandresky has composed music that has been widely performed and commissioned. Her output contains numerous works for organ, but also chamber, choral, and orchestral music. In 2004, she was the receipt of the American Guild of Organists Distinguished Composer's Award.

"Variations on an Original Theme" (2011) was composed for Carson Cooman's 30th birthday in 2012. A folk song-like theme is presented and then treated in six contrasting variations. The general character of the variations is lyrical and sweeping, in keeping with the character of the theme.

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