Malcolm Kemp Posted February 1, 2010 Share Posted February 1, 2010 I have a student who is preparing this piece for Grade 7. I have talked through with her the difference between the England of Bridge's Adagio in E (which she can play extremely well) and the England of time the Walton pece was composed, in order to give her a bit of help with style. Obviously the organ arrangement cannot replicate the whole of the orchestral score - notably the percussion - but I want this student to be able to portray the piece as near to the original as is reasonably possible. Listening to recordings and studying the full score are, of course, helpful. I am very aware that an examiner (usually a non-organist) will almsot certainly be familiar with it in its original form. Rather like Howells with his original compositions, Robert Gower gives hardly any registrational suggestions apart from indicating distribution between two manuals. I can see why he did this because we have a colourful piece, needing lots of contrasts &c., which are dependant on the size and specification of the organ and the registrational aids available. I'm trying to organise it so that she takes the exam on an instrument that will be well able to do full justice to the piece and on which she can have lots of practice beforehand. I should be grateful for any comments - particularly from Board members whose own students have played this piece for Grade 7 - about how much she might be expected to follow Gower's arrangement to the letter, how she might improve it and what registrational schemes work well. Thanks Malcolm Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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