The voluntary for Sunday’s services was composed by Larry King, Director of Music of Trinity Episcopal Church NYC in 1981. Here are notes from the composer:
“RESURRECTION portrays in freely structured fragments the four aspects of the resurrection experience: Lament – The Rising – The Ecstasy – Reflection….
“Lament” combines the liturgical mourning of the plainsong Vinea me electa (O my vineyard, I planted and tended thee… and thou hast prepared a cross for thy Saviour) with a soulful expression of contemporary grief. “The Rising” grows quietly from this grief, using 12 tone rows and techniques to express its cosmic nature. “The Ecstasy” develops a populist alleluia strain with embellishments not unlike those used in the music of the Aquarian Age. “Reflection” combines the liturgical rejoicing of the plainsong introit for Easter Day Haec Dies (This is the day which the Lord has made) with the alleluia fragments.
The closing voluntary is an Improvisasion by Charles Tournemire, organist of St. Sulpice in Paris. He did not write the score but it was recorded on wax cylinders and some years later Maurice Durufle painstakingly transcribed them into written music while he listened to the recordings. The improvisation is based on the chant our choir sang this Easter, Victimae Paschali laudes "Christians, to the Paschal Victim, offer your thankful praises…."