Variations on Vruechten (This Joyful Eastertide)
Originally a Dutch folk tune, VRUECHTEN became a hymn tune in Joachim Oudaen’s David’s Psalmen (1685), with words and harmonization published in 1894 in Carols for Eastertide and Ascensiontide. The melody and meter are engaging and Pat has developed several stylistic variations – including a playful, dance-like section, a waltz, and a “con fuoco” section featuring the melody in the bass - all leading to a majestic ending. Perfectly placed stopped techniques complement each of these variations. This is a delightful arrangement suitable for worship any time of year, but especially during Eastertide.