Commissioned by Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church for their 50th Anniversary in 1974.
Audio & Video. Alternates the 1940 plainsong for The eternal gifts of Christ the King with rushing horsemen on white horses. A commission from Frank Boles and St. Paul’s, Indianapolis.
Theme is from Stravinsky’s Firebird, for a special dedication service.
This complex piece finds Dirksen systematically working out change ringing bell motifs at length as well as exploring his ongoing fascination with mixed and hemiola rhythms. The attached score is regrettably partial.
From the 1961 York Cycle Play music. Also available as a movement in the 1965 Suite for Organ, Trumpet and Handbells (D. 513).
Composed for the wedding of John Fenstermaker, then Assistant Organist at the Cathedral. Flute, handbells, harpsichord, finger cymbals…. 6/4 alternating with 3/2….what’s not to like?
NOT the 1979 BCP text. The interpolated “Christ has died / Christ is risen” make it inappropriate in its current Vigil spot but it could be used to good effect AFTER the Easter proclamation.
This speculative work features obbligato handbell parts for 10 bells replicating / mimicking several change ringing methods in each movement as well as a carillon part for the Gloria.
Score & Audio. Liturgical setting, with bells – reworked from the 1966 / Rite I Communion Service in G.
Score & audio. A seven-minute liturgical drama.
Dirksen’s Bernstein phase.
Score & audio. A liturgical drama with many performance options – Elizabeth’s Song is first-rate.
Score & audio. This material has many components in various styles and can be used in many different forms.
Once sung. never forgotten.
Score & audio. A mini-cantata, especially suitable for V Lent in Year A. Dirksen deploys all his dramatic skill at Lazare, veni foras.