Festival Overture for Solo Organ
This rhythmically majestic piece for organ features interesting harmonies alternating with melodic sections. It has been featured in many concerts including the opening musical concert of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
VIV 353, 12 pages, $9.95
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A Brief Bio of the Composer
Ruth Norman is a pianist, organist, and composer. She received her baccalaureate degree from Nebraska University, where she studied organ. She also has a Masters degree from the Eastman School of Music. She has studied composition with Russell Woollen, Esther Ballou, and Robert Paris. After receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Stern Foundation to research and perform piano music of Black classical keyboard composers, she toured the country presenting piano lecture-recitals on the music of Black composers (from 1770 to the present).
Ms. Norman resides in Bethesda, Maryland. Many of her works reflect a deeply spiritual orientation.
Festival Overture (transcribed by the composer for a chamber orchestra) was perfromed as the opening selection in a program of her compositions in February of 1992 at the concert of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.
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