Keyboard Music by Robert HELPS
The Altered Landscape (1992) — The only solo keyboard piece by Helps not written for the piano, this perverse little prelude was composed at the request of his close friend Hilton Jones (composer and organist).
"The Altered Landscape sounds like it might be the title of an opera by John Ireland (one of my favorite composers) to a libretto by Henry James. It is in this case, however, only a short prelude, the title referring to the appearance in the piece of A Mighty Fortress is Our God in considerably altered harmonic setting from the original. I wrote the piece for Hilton Jones, and, although I had thought of it in the possible setting of a church service, I would not recommend it for use during the offertory — the high decibel and dissonance level at the beginning of the piece might prove a financial deterrent to the congregation."
| Listen to The Altered Landscape|
performed by Hilton K. Jones