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Toccata on Victimæ paschali laudes

- Gary D. Penkala


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Use: Eastertide
Required Resources: Organ

The amazing Easter Sequence, Victimæ paschali laudes, has always been a favorite chant for the boys in our middle school and high school choirs, both before and after their voice change. They beg every year to sing it as often as they can — hence we stretch its functionality as long as possible, programming it during the Octave of Easter as well as on Divine Mercy Sunday.

The high school organ scholar, for whose Confirmation this was written, Donovan Bakin, comes from that tradition. He quickly took to this piece, based, as it is, on one of his favorite chants, and quickly grasped its flashy manual runs and accented pedal phrases, just as an impetuous sixteen-year old lad might be expected to.

In fantasia style, the work is not overly difficult. Phrases of the chant are tossed between pedal and manuals, alternating running sixteenth notes, contrapuntal eighth notes and chordal quarter notes. Although written and registered for a 4-manual instrument, it can easily be played with two or three manuals, even without many piston changes.

This would make a great Eastertide postlude for an organist. Organ teachers may want to offer this to students as a good, impressive-sounding, repertoire piece prior to tackling those more demanding Mendelssohn and Vierne options.


Order #: 6002
Price: $3.25


- Organ/Instrumental
- Organ
- Easter
- Chant

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