The Chant-Based Organ Works of Flor Peeters
Organist, composer, and teacher Flor Peeters (1903–1986) was one of the most influential twentieth-century church musicians. This study of his chant-based organ works, in light of his Practical Method for the Accompaniment of Gregorian Chant (1942), assesses his development as a composer over several decades. As he progressed as an organist and composer, his chant-based settings became more complex, both melodically and rhythmically. The study also investigates his role in the development of twentieth-century American church music, through his recitals, compositions, writings, masterclasses, and study of early music.
Linda Patterson, DMA, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ performance from the University of Houston. Her teachers included Don Ryno, Seth Wertz, Dr. Marilyn Mason, and Dr. Robert J. Jones. She received Belgian fellowships for Flor Peeters’ International Masterclass and his Memorial Masterclass and Competition. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance, sacred music emphasis, from the University of Texas, Austin, studying with Drs. Gerre and Judith Hancock. A member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, she has served as organist/music director of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Brenham, Texas since 1994. She leads Youth and Adult Choirs and administers a recital series. She has chaired the Episcopal Diocese of Texas Music Commission since 2003. A teacher, accompanist, and organist, she has performed, taught, and accompanied for national and regional gatherings. The mother of three, she lives in Round Top, Texas with her husband and youngest daughter.