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  1. The voluntary was played at practically Howells' metronome mark (as do I) which, in my copy, is crotchet =116, not 114 as Vox Humana states. Three other tempo markings in the piece are qualified by metronome indications.
  2. The online reference sources - even including Oxford Music Online - all refer to 'a setting' of O little town of Bethlehem. In his CD booklet notes for Wells Cathedral's Hyperion recording, however, the Rev Alan Luff says about the carol that "It is often sung to Vaughan Williams’s arrangement of an English folk tune, but Walford Davies wrote two tunes to it." [my italics]
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    Professor Higginbottom's forthcoming retirement (a better verb to use) has been known to the cognoscenti for some time. Since the summer, it's been a case of when, precisely, the post would be advertised.
  4. There were some minor tonal/voicing changes in the 1992 session of work, and remember reading about it at the time - possibly in that year's Christmas edition of the Radio Times of all places. I'm pretty sure the Great Mixture IV (which dominates the chorus in the BWV 547i you mentioned) has been revised.
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    ... and Huw Williams has been appointed as his successor.
  6. My memory has faded since I played the organ part from the the orchestral version in 1995, but I'm pretty sure it's easier, since the orchestra covers much of the faster/fussier bits found in the 'organ only' version. I stand to be corrected, but I think that the relentless semiquaver figuration of the Sanctus is divided between the hands and so less fearsome; the orchestral strings play the sustained chords above it.
  7. Philip Moore has written elsewhere: "In case you have not already heard, Priscilla Jackson, Francis Jackson’s wife, died two days ago. She was very frail, although remarkably alert. She had meningitis about a year ago, from which she recovered remarkably well, although it left her partially deaf. I think she woke on Sunday with chest pains, and was in hospital for two days. "
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    Gossip in a pub or around the coffee/dinner table is fine. The Internet, however, is a public medium (subject to the laws of libel), so people should really think twice before publishing stuff here and pressing 'Post'. Facebook, for example, has been used in far too cavalier a fashion, and there have been many recent incidences of people falling foul of the law in one way or the other because of material appearing there.
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    The moral of this spat is to cite your source(s) thus or thus.
  10. Are not Harrison's and Canterbury Cathedral's websites the source of such information?
  11. I wonder if this is quite correct. The gradual change of [cathedral] job titles was initiated by the 1992 report of the Archbishops' Commission on Church Music In Tune with Heaven which recommended that "Cathedral Chapters give careful thought to what they require of their organist, and consider whether, in any new appointment, a change of nomenclature is desirable in order to indicate the importance of that person's role in the cathedral's life, as well as expertise in choir training, vocal technique and organ-playing." [Recommendation 39] A glance at the websites of a few cathedrals will reveal that the person in charge of its music will often have either the title 'Organist & Director of Music' or simply 'Director of Music'; the recent vacancy at St George's Chapel, Windsor, for example, was advertised as the latter, and this is now the default title used in cathedral circles (e.g. Canterbury, York, Gloucester, Winchester, Salisbury, etc.) The second person in a cathedral's music department is often titled 'Assistant Organist & Assistant Director of Music', 'Assistant Director of Music', or even 'Organist'. Variety in job titles exists, but the matter of them more accurately reflecting the role of twenty-first century cathedral musicians has already been taken in hand.
  12. ... as well as on the 2011 CD boxed set of the entire Great Cathedral Organ Series LPs.
  13. I loved the Fellows' two-fold 'Mexican doff' as the new Master entered Great Court...
  14. This was the Bach piece I played for my Grade 8 examination decades ago. I remember being told (as a teenager) to use a 4' stop for the pedal cantus firmus, and a soft 16' was included in the LH semiquaver 'river' passagework. Having just played it through once again after all these years using a 4' and then an 8' stop, it is apparent with the 4' stop that there are indeed far too many collisions/unisons - especially with the RH lower voice. From my experience of organs abroad, the 16' manual stop would be very prompt in its speech, and knowing how agile (period) string players can be, the semiquaver 'river' wouldn't be an issue - and would, perhaps enhance the musical imagery.
  15. I will put it down to the circles I move in, but I am surprised that the Twelve Chorale Preludes have only now been discovered by AJJ. They were published in 1950 in response to a request from an American publisher for less demanding music that would be suitable for students; Dupré's Le Tombeau de Titelouze serves as her model. They were long out of print, and it is very good that their republication relatively recently has ensured a still wider demand. In the original manuscript, five of the preludes are marked with an asterisk as being the composer's own favourites, viz: Tu es Petrus Rorate caeli Ubi caritas Veni Creator Attende, Domine Among recordings, I am aware of those of some/all of the preludes by Graham Barber (1985) and Adrian Gunning (1994), as well as the more recent ones of Demessieux's entire oeuvre by Maxime Patel and Stephen Tharp.
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    St George's interviews at the end of this week, so let's all just be patient and wait for the process to take its course.
  17. The matter of editions has arisen before, and can be seen here. Approachable Preludes & Fugues: C (531); Cm (549) mentioned by David above; Em (533); Fm Prelude (534i); A ((536); Gm Fugue (578).
  18. The 'musical chairs' is nothing new at large events both at St Paul's and at the Abbey, and to be honest, how the musicians organise themselves in their duties on such occasions is their business.
  19. I cannot comment about the hinder parts, but I remember the late Canon Colin Beswick, sometime Precentor of Norwich Cathedral, recall that he challenged Adrian Lucas (the then Assistant) to find a suitable backdrop for the last part of verse 12 in Psalm 39 "... like as it were a moth fretting a garment". I have yet to find out if the challenge was satisfactorily met, and by what means...
  20. That's very kind of you, handsoff. I don't contribute as prolifically as others appear to do, but there are occasions when the accuracy of some contributions needs correction, or a reactionary and uninformed view needs to be challenged.
  21. Absolutely. There are certainly quite a few there, aren't there?
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    I cannot see how such an idea has any place in a religious act of worship.
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    RFH Organ

    BBC London News had a feature on the organ tonight, and it can be found here 20' 55" into the programme. News programmes have a very short life on BBC iPlayer, and it will probably be unavailable after tomorrow (Friday) evening.
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