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David Surtees

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  1. Obituary in yesterday's Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/12202343/Alastair-Rushworth-organ-builder-obituary.html
  2. Les Rameaux is the third of Langlais's "3 poèmes évangéliques" but it is not nearly as popular as the second of the set, "la nativité". I couldn't find a recording on YouTube, but there are CD recordings by George Baker on the organ of St Sernin, Toulouse (a fine Cavaillé-Coll) and by Naji Hakim on the Georg Stahlhuth organ of Saint-Martin de Dudelange in Luxembourg. You may find them on your music streaming service of choice. The Hakim recording is a lot clearer but both are fine performances.
  3. Thank you for drawing this to my attention. I shall have a look at that. I did look in your OUP 18th century organ music collections but no William Jones in there.
  4. Does anyone know anything about this composer? We're singing St Stephen on Sunday, which is apparently written by him, but I don't know anything else about him. The Wikipedia entry (if it is the same William Jones) doesn't say much about his musical activities.
  5. Is it the Toccata on Men of Harlech in this volume? (No composer listed on the website)
  6. Similar to Thalben-Ball's book, but somewhat easier, are Rebecca Groom te Velde's two books of Hymn Miniatures (OUP). Book 1 includes Cwm Rhondda, Hyfrydol, Leoni, Llanfair, and Book 2 has Ebenezer, Llangloffan, and St Denio I really like these arrangements: they are all very short and mostly very easy. Cwm Rhondda makes an effective playover and others are useful fanfares, quiet interludes or short postludes. All Praise to You, Eternal God by Donald Busarow has an interesting arrangement of Aberystwyth with the tune in canon which is reprinted in The Psalter Hymnal of the Christian Reformed Church.
  7. Wow. Looks like some organ. And a three hour opening recital too boot. Have bookmarked the link and will listen to it at some point. Colin is right, it would be nice to have a lady organist for the occasion. Although I can't think of any high profile French female organists active today. There must be some, with the rich heritage from the likes of Alain, Demessieux, Duruflé-Chevalier, et al. I once had the privilege of playing the Rieger in St Giles in Edinburgh during an RCO event and I was hugely impressed by the quality of the instrument. This looks a very different beast, but I am sure to the same high standards.
  8. They are hidden on the compilations tab under the original publication title of Pièces d'orgue. Not the easiest place to find them, but there is a certain logic to it. http://imslp.org/wiki/Pièces_d%27orgue_(Couperin,_François) There are several significant editions available there, including the original 17th century publication, and the early 20th century editions by Guilmant and Brunold
  9. Thanks for the clarification. The Hymn Tune Index is a great resource, but doesn't reveal much about what the books it refers to were, or how they were used.
  10. I have traced it to 1725 (via the Hymn Tune Index). See my earlier post above.
  11. I am aware of this edition, but have never come across a copy for sale, and have checked the usual french suppliers. The Kalmus is a reprint of Brunold; I don't know about the Dover, but it probably is as well. Schott seem to reprint Guilmant's edition for Durand. The only other edition I can find was published by Schola Cantorum in the 60s edited by Norbert Dufourcq (I assume he edited the Messe pour les Couvents - I know he was the editor of the Messe pour les Paroisses) I'm usually wary of online editions, but Pierre Gouin is an exception, as he seems to me to not just be a reliable editor, but produce spectacularly well laid out copy, that is a pleasure to play from. I think his edition on IMSLP will be the way to go, at least for the time being.
  12. Vielen Dank! It looks like a nice little organ, but this seems to be the only recording online. I've not come across that style of combination system before, but it seems to be typical of German organs.
  13. This is a very interesting console. The organ is a Seifert, but I can't find much about it online. The Seifert website is undergoing renovation and is currently out of action. It seems, from this article (thanks to Google translate), to have been built in 1973 and restored 2 years ago: https://smmp.de/2014/06/18/die-orgel-im-bergkloster-klingt-wieder-wie-neu/ If that is so, this would have been recorded before the restoration. The stops, in particular, are very odd, and I'm not sure what the little levers above each stop switch do.
  14. This is slightly off topic, but I was wondering if someone could recommend the an edition of the masses. Until now I've only played extracts in anthologies, but would like to acquire a complete edition, and there seem to be several available.
  15. David's story may still be true, as I have come across it correctly attributed to Geoffrey Shaw. Jeremy Dribble, for instance, mentions it in his liner notes to Naxos's CD of Ireland's church music from Lincoln Cathedral
  16. I haven't come across it, except in the original booklet, but looking at which hymnbooks include the tune, I think I can tell what kind of churches sing it. I can understand its popularity in evangelical circles, as it is far better than many of their so called 'hymns'. But it always struck me as a bit too evangelical, not least in its theology, for any wider appeal. It has definitely caught on, though, and is in the new A&M. I find Townend's hymns translate very well to the organ, and I am pleased to see Andrew Wilson's excellent organ arrangement of King of the Ages in A&M. Shame they messed up the melody by including the introduction to the final chorus descant (which isn't included) as though it were part of the melody. One of my favourite hymns. I love all of Ireland's music. We all know many cases of new tunes taking over existing hymns to the virtual exclusion of the original, and this seems to be no exception.The earliest use I can find of it as a hymn comes from An Help to the Singing Psalm-Tunes published by W. Sherwin in 1725 where it is set to the tune of Psalm 148. I think this is the same tune known as Old 136th (attributed to Este's Psalter) in Songs of Praise, but I don't have that book to check. The Anglican Hymn Book of 1862 includes it to Henry Lawes' Psalm 47. These tunes are all earlier than Crossman (Lawes was a contemporary) so it may be that he wrote the words in the same meter as the established Psalm setting for that reason.
  17. My church doesn't use it so I have only a passing knowledge of the book, and others who use it week in week out will have more to add. As you say, anything would be better than the unmentionable, and you won't go far wrong with A&M. That being said, I think Common Praise is better, unless you absolutely must have the newer items in A&M. It is also smaller, and therefore has the advantage of being easier to manage. I picked up a copy of the organ edition at a discount, and it is now my go-to whenever I play a tune from the Ancient and Modern stable (I sometimes prefer them to those in the Church of Scotland's Church Hymnary). It will certainly make your life easier, but is probably not essential if money is tight The Church of Scotland is different, but I think most of these have come across as well. All my hope: Most CoS churches seem to use Groeswen, though I play the original Meine Hoffnung. I would play Michael if I thought I could get away with it (and it is in the both the 3rd and the current 4th editions of the Church Hymnary, so some parishes must sing it) Church Triumphant: I play the Youth Praise tune, which I quite like, and it seems to go down well with my congregation. CH4 only has Guiting Power, however East Acklam - has it caught on? Not in Scotland in my experience. I introduced it to my church for last year's harvest but don't think it was known. I'm still puzzled about Camberwell even though I grew up singing it. It is the only tune from Thirty 20th Century Hymn Tunes that has really caught on, and not necessarily the best of that collection either. I have had Lord of the Dance at a wedding once, but never heard it anywhere else. John Bell, of course, is very popular in the Church of Scotland. I don't know how well the Iona hymns are known in Anglican circles but a few seem to have caught on.
  18. Hi Nick, As far as I know, Chanvrelin are still in business, but like many French publishers are not particularly easy to get in contact with. The edition you were looking for is available from La Flûte de Pan in Paris: http://www.laflutedepan.com/partition/2198320/nicolas-sejan-pieces-d'orgue-partition-orgue.html I've never had cause to order from their website, but whenever I'm in Paris (not very frequently, alas), I usually pay a visit. They have three stores jam-packed full of music - and an incredible range of composers and publishers represented.
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