Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart


David J Smith


Fantasia on the Chromatic Fourth

Live improvisation at Remembrance Day service, 8 November 2015


Live improvisation at Graduation ceremony on Thursday 5 July 2012

Click above on the title of the piece which you would like to hear...

David's interest in improvisation is represented by two recordings of live performances. One is an 'old style' fantasia which has its stylistic roots in the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The subject is the chromatic fourth, which Thomas Morley describes as 'this point which our organists use' in 1597. The lack of fancies on this theme from the period suggest that it was used as a theme for improvisation.

The improvised toccata provided the exit music at one of the summer graduations in 2012, and is in a much later style. Both are performed on the organ by Bernard Aubertin (2004) in King's College Chapel, University of Aberdeen.