Season after Pentecost, 2023
American composer David Diamond died on June 13, 2005.
I marked the 5 year anniversary of his death Sunday with a performance of the second movement of his Symphony for Organ ("Adagio cantabile, quasi lento") as the opening voluntary at the cathedral.
His obituary in the Boston Globe notes the "intensity" of his [orchestral] symphonies. This intensity is also to be found in his symphony for organ, and it is perhaps a unduly neglected piece of dense, yet persuasively intense and quintessentially American music.
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