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The Story Behind "Trumpet Tune in Seven" (Organ Solo)

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In this video, Tabernacle organist Andrew Unsworth plays an organ solo titled “Trumpet Tune in Seven.” The tune was originally written as a choral piece titled “Break Forth in Concert,” which the composer, Jim Kasen, wasn’t quite satisfied with. He explained: “I decided to rework the entire thing as an organ solo and dedicate it to Andy (Andrew Unsworth). I’ve long had a profound sense of admiration for him and felt the dancing meter was representative of his light-heartedness and goodness. It turned out to be a very good fit.”

Kasen had an early interest in music and began playing the piano at the age of 8. It wasn’t until he heard the sounds of the pipe organ at age 16 that he knew he needed to learn how to play it. While attending Brigham Young University, he studied with former Tabernacle organist John Longhurst and double majored in Organ Performance and Communications.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir director, Mack Wilberg, was a mentor to Kasen and helped start him down the path to serious arranging and composing. “I will forever be indebted to him for not only believing in me but encouraging me in a kind, but firm way,” said Kasen.

In addition to “Trumpet Tune in Seven,” Kasen has composed six short volumes of organ works as well as many choral pieces.