Judith Weir's The Tree Of Peace was composed in 2016 for Organ. Commissioned in loving memory of Richard Axtell (1952-2015), talented and much-loved organist at the Parish of St. Andrew, West Tarring.
"It's enormously inspiring to see the Master of the Queen's Music turning her attention to the organ once again. Judith Weir's The Tree Of Peace is a short piece, commissioned in memory of the organist Richard Axtell... Despite the simplicity of the music, it carries all the hallmarks of Weir's unmistakeably refined idiom."
- Stephen Farr, Choir and Organ, Jan 2018
From the Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir, comes The Tree of Peace which was commissioned in memory of Richard Axtell, organist of the parish church in West Tarring, West Sussex. It was given its first performance there by Charles Harrison on the 17 June, 2017. It lasts some 4 minutes, and proves to be a thoroughly engaging piece in her customary refined idiom. It is in three main sections, with a graded increase of tempo throughout. Thematic material is presented at the start, cantabile. The central section provides an energetic development, marked animato, leading to the conclusion, molto mosso, which gives the theme as in the opening, but in augmentation. Throughout, I feel an orchestral sense of colour and interrelationships in the music - and have found it delightful to play. A modest two manual and pedal instrument with some contrasted quiet colours available will suffice, and the technical demands are by no means severe. A delightful addition to the repertoire of short, self-contained, delightful pieces. - Organists' Review
Duration: Approx 4 minutes.