This work for organ is based on the Gregorian Introit for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The chant is quoted in its entirety in the pedal with an 8′ oboe stop. This is played over an ostinato accompaniment in the left hand, with interjected improvisatory figures in the right hand.
Introit | Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus | Cogitationes: Ps 32: 11, 19 & 1:
The thoughts of his heart stand from generation to generation:
that he might deliver their souls from death, and nourish them in times of famine.
v. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; praising befits those who are upright.
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