Garth Baxter is noted as a modern traditionalist composer. This is a style that combines the traditions of form and clear melodic writing with the use of contemporary approaches to harmonies and other elements. He has composed works for various performance mediums, ranging from intimate solo and small group settings to larger ensembles such as orchestra and concert band. His compositions have been performed around the world.

Organ Compositions

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Fantasy on Were You There  YouTube

4 minutes, Intermediate. Alymar $6

A free setting of the familiar Lenten spiritual. There are numerous allusions to the main theme interspersed with episodes. The traditional theme is presented with non-traditional harmonies (tonal) and changing meters. Homophonic and polyphonic textures are freely interspersed in this composition.

This has been a moving piece for audiences and organists.

"Very beautifully written and captures the reflective and contemplative nature of the hymn as well as a quiet sorrowful lament. Very moving reflection for Holy Week."
- Hollis Thoms, Composer

"Really lovely, with great color/register changes. And I loved the counterpoint."
-Ronald Pearl, Composer

Hymn Fantasia on Prospect  YouTube

4 minutes, Intermediate. Alymar $6

A free setting of the hymn tune Prospect.

Contemporary, but tonal harmonies are used in this setting that features homophonic and polyphonic textures.