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Martin Cooke

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  1. In answer to yourt query about how many of the pieces are organ, Dafydd... Intrada - two stave - marked for piano or organ Prelude in D flat - piano Pavane Nos 1, 2 & 3 - piano Slow Air - piano or harpsichord - (it looks as though it could work very well on the organ but I haven't tried) Carol - piano In the Style of a Sarabande - piano Sarabande - piano From a Holiday Sketchbook - piano A Little Lyric Piece - piano On a Birthday Morning - piano Serenade - piano Envoi - piano Musical Box - piano On the Triad - marked piano or organ From an Organ Sketchbook - organ (unsurprisingly!) Arioso - organ - the most substantial (longest) piece in the volume Three Pieces on Hymn Tunes - organ On Norman Cocker's 'Ryburn' - organ On Gibbons' Angel's Song - organ We have already used the word 'charming' in respect of the Gibbons piece but it is an adjective that applies to the production of the volume too. There is a very good introduction by John Turner, of Stockport, whose project it was to get it all into print (by subscription) and it is interwoven with delightful line drawings by a John Stanley of scenes from Cornwall where Douglas Steele spent a good deal of his holiday time composing this volume of largely miniatures. It is actually called 'Volume 1' and Mr Turner, in his introduction refers to 'these volumes.' There is a Volume 2 and this is a collection of songs by DS and I haven't purchased it.
  2. Yes, 'charming' is just right - though, as it happens, when I needed a piece based on that tune at church recently, I needed something with more 'oomph' and used the Dyson - not the vacuum cleaner, you understand - Dyson, as in George, and 'in D.'
  3. Thanks, Brizzle - it was 'Henderson.'
  4. Does anybody have any idea how I might possibly get hold of a copy of the Prelude and Fugue on the name of BACH by GC Martin, sometime Sub Organist and then Organist of St Paul's Cathedral ? It was published by Novello but it is invisible online.
  5. Thanks, Thierry - I haven't listened to everything yet, but I enjoyed the Toccata and it was good to hear the Prelude en La again.
  6. Thanks Wolsey - so, we're going for Laus Deo as that is the custom with the two local lodges affected. They can't sing, of course, but I will play the verses and then add 'So mote it be' at the end. So, Wolsey, ought I to play this in the same key or will they expect to hear me move to C major (from G) for that?
  7. Thanks, everyone, for your contributions. I have heard a couple of melodies for 'so mote it be' and I think I am aiming for John Morris's version as quoted. But I am still waiting to hear what tune the local masons are familiar with for the hymn. In a youTube version of all of this, they sing the hymn /ode to St Oswald and then wrench themselves into a different key for the 'mote it be' which sounds most odd. I shan't be doing that. So, if we're going for St Oswald in D major, I shall be going for D, B, C sharp, D. and if 'Laus Deo'... G, E. F sharp, G... which shouldn't be too far from the mark! Not, of course, that anyone can sing this!
  8. Forumites may enjoy this Easter Monday recital - https://www.facebook.com/stedscathedral/videos/131676128912936/ - some unusual music.
  9. Tonight, there is a recital by John Challenger on the Salisbury cathedral organ - I believe it is available from 7.30pm on the cathedral website and thereafter on youTube.
  10. Did we hear the Tuba Mirabilis at any point? There were definite tuba-ings in the pre-service music but was that the famous stop?
  11. The Organ Recital that this post was originally heralding is now up on the Beauty in Sound website. But also, I thoroughly recommend a visit to the Truro Cathedral website and a listen to any or all of the services that have been livestreamed in recent days. The psalm singing, for example, on Maundy Thursday, is stunningly good, and every performance at any of the services marks out this choir, its director and accompanist as being of the absolute top drawer in cathedral circles. The singing is beautifully done, even if you're not a fan - (I am!!) - of Kelly in C Mag and Nunc (at Easter evensong). Another highlight... Will Fox's Bach recital at St Paul's this afternoon. That opening scale in the D major P&F- phwoar!!!
  12. Would anyone who knows about closing odes at masonic funerals be able to advise me in a PM about something? It's about the right tune for a popular closing ode, Now the evening shadows closing. The family has suggested the Redhead tune, Laus Deo, as in Bright the vision, but online, I can only find it to Dykes' St Oswald. And there seem to be a number of ways of accommodating 'So mote it be' at the end. Any advice, copies, etc, most welcome. Many thanks. Martin.
  13. Ok... if I had to choose a 'new' organ for a GEO I think I'd like to hear St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, post the recent Nicholson work and I'd be happy to hear some William Harris or Sidney Campbell which ought to sound 'at home' there.
  14. Volume 20 of the Institute of British Organ Building's annual journal, Organ Building, is out now. If you don't know about this publication, I strongly recommend it. It's £20 or so, but full of interest. This time amongst many interesting articles, there is an entertaining and thoroughly informative one by Andrew Scott on the new Canterbury quire organ. Next time, I guess (hope) it might be York. In terms of ordering a copy, the IBO's webstore isn't quite up to date so you might have to use the contact details to get one, or wait for the webstore to catch up.
  15. I am tempted to say either Canterbury or York Minster - (but failing either of those for some reason or another) - St Paul's Cathedral... and Widor Symphony 6 or Dupré Prelude and Fugue in B major. And if Priory were to do one more DVD... I'd like a new one for Canterbury or York.
  16. Of course - thanks, Ian, I'll check it out.
  17. Ah! Splendid, Tony - thank you for that. I had seen this on another supplier's site but it didn't have a list of the contents. Now ordered!
  18. One of our parishioners happened to mention this organist and composer the other day. He seems to have written a few pieces of organ music and I wondered if anyone knows any or has any recollections. In a review of a CD of his music, an Arioso is especially commended, but I can't pin the sheet music down online. Any clues, anybody?
  19. Any recommendations re others, Peter? Yes, I love the geek side of it!
  20. This comes from Richard's youtube channel - if you haven't explored it yet, it's worth a look. He is a great communicator, plays wonderfully well, and is heavily into his tech and his Hauptwerk set up. He is about to have a new console modelled on York's new consoles but he tells you all about it. You could be on the site for days!! Lucky there are a couple of bank holidays coming up soon, perhaps!!
  21. I've checked with the chap I thought might know - (he's very into the mathematical aspects of Bach, for example) - and he knows nothing either.
  22. I'm not aware of a link between Palm Sunday and B minor but I know a man who might! Is the Bach 'Corelli B minor fugue' one of the obvious ones? I played the bassoon in Borodin 2 at school - sorry you're not keen, S_L... and for A-level I studied the Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor. I haven't time to check now but what key was the Ride of the Valkyries in? I have an organ transcription somewhere and I'm pretty sure it's in B minor but that doesn't mean that the original is/ Oh, and I hve a transcription of the Bach Badinerie which is in A minor, but the original is definitely in B minor.
  23. I have seen the organ given its NPOR identification somewhere on line. I can't find it now but am reasonably confident that if you were to have a quick trawl through this site - https://www.facebook.com/groups/355269498442029/?fref=mentions - I think you'd find it... and lots of other interesting stuff besides - a great and very busy site.
  24. It's difficult not to agree with you, Tony, and some of the 'blown-up' arrangements from a past era sound quite wrong - but one or two of the trumpet movements do sound well and I have found them useful. The trumpet movement that starts on a high A - (TUM..... te tum te tum) works well as a concluding wedding march in the Coleman (?) OUP arrangement in way but would seem less convincing, to my mind, as writ in the 'proper' version. There's also a very good Maurice Greene trumpet voluntary in D which was a Cramer publication which is filled out, and another voluntary in C minor published by Novello. (Simon Johnson plays this in his Priory Records St Paul's DVD.) Actually, there are less 'blown up' but 'pedals included' versions of some of the best known trumpet tunes and voluntary movements etc (Purcell, Clarke, Stanley) in the slender, blue covered OUP Ceremonial Music for Organ published in the 70's - they're arranged by Jackson, Hurford and Willcocks, and were all recorded by Christopher Dearnley. The volume and the recording includes Willocks' Gopsal, Hurford's Old 100th fanfares and the Jackson Archbishop's Fanfare. Volume 2 in the series (red cover with pic of St Paul's) is CHD's own volume of arrangements of odd bits and pieces including The Lord Mayor's Swan-Hopping Trumpet Tune.
  25. I'm afraid I have never heard that introduction before and it doesn't come from any of the Stanley voluntaries that I know. As Dafydd says, I think it's pastiche and I suspect that CO or GTB devised it. A possible avenue to explore might be with Ian Tracey, via his website. He undertook the transcription of some CO arrangements a couple of years ago but it's not amongst those that were published. Actually, IT has actually published his own transcription of this trumpet voluntary (Church Organ World) but it doesn't include any introduction at all.
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