Mark Laubach’s recital at Pine Street Presbyterian Church included the commissioned work by Jeremy Gill, 8 Variations and Toccata on “Betzet Yisrael” in all its onomatopoeic splendor with trembling earth, mountains skipping like rams, and rocks turned into a fountain of waters! The 83-rank Skinner/Möller was more than equal to this challenge, as was Canon Laubach.
– The American Organist, October 2011
8 Variations and Toccata on “Betzet Yisrael” was premiered at Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA.
Var. I (“When Israel went out of Egypt”)
Var. II (“Judah was his sanctuary”)
Var. III (“The sea saw it, and fled”)
Var. IV (“The mountains skipped like rams”)
Vars. V, VI (“What ailed thee, O thou sea…ye mountains?”)
Var. VII (“Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord”)
Var. VIII (“Which turned the rock into…a fountain of waters”)