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Alec Rowley and other thoughts

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Does anyone play any music by this chap? He was most prolific, of course, but I am not sure if anything except the two Benedictuses - (ugh!) - survive. I do use a couple of chorale preludes - Crimond, comes to mind - and have recently downloaded the Heroic Suite from University of Rochester site. Among other extraordinary pieces on this site is a suite by R. S. Stoughton called 'In India.' If you're looking for something quite different. There is also 'Tales from Arabian Nights,' which includes a movement called 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,' and another 'Persian suite.' Might provide from bank holiday amusement!

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I play his Benedictus (presumably the first one, in E). Its lovely and wallowy!

 

I also picked up (second-hand I think) a CP on the tune to Rock of Ages which I rediscovered when I did a sort out of my music a little while ago. Fairly harmless, I will probably use it pre-service next Lent.

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I also enjoy playing the (first?) Benedictus in E major. There's something very atmoshperic, satisfying and English cathedral about it . I first encountered it, played by Andrew Millington, on an old video I have about the work (and building( of Guildford cathedral made by their Friends, probably about 20 years ago now.

 

Malcolm

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Hello,

Does anyone play any music by this chap?

I play various pieces of Alec Rowley for service (Gottesdienst). For example "A Book of Voluntaries", "Five Improvisations" or "Elves".

 

Cheers

tiratutti

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There's a suite called 'The four winds' which is rather good, impressionistic in style. Pual Derrett, previously known to this forum as 'Cynic', has recorded them in one of the volumes on his 'Benchmarks' label.

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