Vox Humana Posted September 27, 2015 Share Posted September 27, 2015 I have just happened across the music of Arthur Butterworth (not to be confused with George) and am wondering why I had never heard of him before. This is clearly my loss since his music is really rather attractive - his obituaries mention the influence of Sibelius and Nielsen, but I hear the occasional hint of impressionism too. On Googling him I find that he wrote two solo pieces for organ and several concerted works including the instrument:Solo Organ MusicPartita on a German Chorale, Op.2 (1947) Organ Sonata, Op.106 (1998) Works including Organ Concerto for organ, string orchestra and percussion, Op. 33 (1973) The Moors, suite for large orchestra and organ, Op.26 (1962) From the Four Winds (Horologion Andronicus) for large orchestra and organ, Op. 40 (1971) Suivez la raison, Concert March for brass band and organ, Op. 92 (1993) A Gabriel Sonata for trumpet and organ, Op. 59 (1976) Wedding Music for trumpet and organ, Op. 99 (1996) It seems that, of these, only the Gabriel Sonata is published. A (bootleg?) recording of the Organ Concerto is available on YouTube, but the sound quality is so poor and unbalanced that it almost certainly does the piece a disservice.If the orchestral music I have been listening to is any guide (try The Quiet Tarn or The Green Wind), Butterworth might possibly be worth investigating by an adventurous organist looking for something a bit different. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Please sign in to comment
You will be able to leave a comment after signing in
Sign In Now