Prelude Modale (2011) for two horns and organ was commissioned by the Tidewater Chapter of the
American Guild of Organists for "The Organ Swell" concert series (Peggy Kelley Reinburg, artistic
director). The work was premiered on May 18, 2011 by Hazel Dean Davis and Kim Gilman, horns with
Martin Sunderland, organ.
As the title implies, the language throughout is modal, with allusions to Renaissance and Medieval
music. Of particular importance are scales that change major and minor inflections frequently. The
opening section is marked "moderate, flowing" and develops a melodic idea first presented by the
organ. A faster middle section (a rondeau) leads to a ornamented return of the opening material and a