Peter Ouwerkerk 'Two new organworks'
het ORGEL 95 (1999), nr. 2, 22-26 [summary]

The composition contest on 20 September 1997 in the Bovenkerk at Kampen was won by Saskia Macris with her composition Bevrijding [i.e. liberation]. The second price was won by Gustavo Trujillo with his composition Pavana Lachrimae.

Saskia Macris (*1964) studied with Daan Manneke. At the moment she studies with Theo Verbey at the Amsterdam

Gustavo Trujillo (1972) started his studies with Daan Manneke as well. Since 1998 he studies composition with Klaas de Vries and Peter-Jan Wagemans, and music theory at the Rotterdam Conservatory.

The background of both compositions is a project organised by the Amsterdam Conservatory in 1994-1995. Students had to compose an organ piece, which had to be related to John Dowland's Pavana Lachrimae. Furthermore, the pieces had to comment in one way or another on the theme of 50 years of freedom (the Second World War ended in 1945).

Bevrijding, Macris's piece, has three parts. The theme of the composition is liberation indeed: the unison introduction represents motionlessness and rigidness, which are followed by more part-writing, chords, dialogues, playing motives on other manuals. In fact, the 'principal person' undergoes a transformation and is free at last.

In Trujillo's Pavana, Sweelinck's composition of the same title plays a major part: the first i6 bars of Sweelincks's Pavana are vaguely sensed in the background throughout the entire composition. Combination with Messiaen-like portato chords, quintuplets and slowly moving impressionistic Messiaen-like harmonies gives Trujillo's Pavana its special quality. The project of the Amsterdam Conservatory taught that composers would not readily choose the organ, because they do not really know the instrument Considering the quality of the pieces by Macris and Trujillo the emancipation of the organ hould be stimulated more.