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In Topic: Whitlock, Harwood, etc

15 May 2017 - 05:30 AM

Whitlock - Organ Symphony in G min - Francis Jackson - Amphion label - recorded in York Minster 1999


Basil Harwood - Organ Concerto in D - Adrian Partington is recording the entire Organ works of Harwood - Vol. 1 at Bristol Cathedral, Vol 2 at Birmingham Oratory, Vol. 3 at Clifton College - on the Priory label - however the Organ Concerto seems not to have been recorded yet!


CH Lloyd Organ Concerto - I can find no reference to a recording of this work anywhere. Sorry!


Hope that's a bit of help!

In Topic: What piece is this?

12 May 2017 - 08:28 AM

And from 57.30, Abide With Me.  I thought this was only an English hymn.


Clearly between Monk writing the tune, in 1847, it had time to travel to Germany where it appears in the Koln Gesangbuch - and in a couple of other North German books I have in my possession. A number of hymn tunes do - and, of course, our hymn books are full of tunes 'borrowed' from the German Lutheran and Catholic traditions.

In Topic: What piece is this?

11 May 2017 - 01:22 PM

Absolutely no idea - but have you thought that it could it be an improvisation?

In Topic: Luxuriant Adagio

19 March 2017 - 06:40 PM

Once again, many thanks. I had never heard of Reuschel - (no IMSLP bits) or Saint Martin.


There is a wonderful Mass setting by Leonce de Saint Martin - for 4 part choir and two organs. (It also has ad lib parts for three trumpets and three trombones) If you've done the Vierne Missa Solennelle and want something else for the same forces it is well worth doing!


........................... but that doesn't answer your question - sorry!!

In Topic: Coping with mistakes/failures

08 February 2017 - 07:41 AM

I suspect that all of us, at some point, have found ourselves in a disastrous situation that was not of our making and that we couldn't control. I'm not being flippant when I say that, if it took you 40 years to get to that situation dealing with amateur singers then you have done pretty well!


I think the way to move forward is to cope with it and learn from it. 'These things happen' is a phrase oft used - and there is an element of truth about it - especially when dealing with amateur singers. I learnt, the hard way, when one Sunday morning my, very able, choir sang the simple Tye anthem Give almes of thy goods. It was my fault - it fell apart by the time the top-line entry came in - and I started it again. It did the same thing again and, again, I started again. Third time lucky and we made it, rather well, to the end. There was tension on the sanctuary - you could cut it with a knife! The choir procession made it's way out of church to the choir room and I growled to my wife who was sitting by the organ "you play something!" I made it to the choir room before they had a chance to escape, I apologised to the choir and told them that, if we didn't sing it again now, we would always have a problem with it!  We sang the opening again - perfectly - and the matter was forgotten!! It became the stuff of legend - it proved 'thunderguts' was human - and I made sure it never happened again!


You can blame the Priest but it isn't worth the argument. You can blame the choir - or yourself - the acoustics - the weather - but 'these things happen'!!!