Johannes Riponensis Posted September 22, 2020 Share Posted September 22, 2020 I have a copy of GTB's piano reduction of this famous piece (which, incidentally, is much harder to play than the organ original!). It is marked Larghetto (crochet = 72). To my ears, the organ version also makes sense at the same basic speed, albeit with slight easing at the ends of phrases etc. This still retains the requisite note of sentimentality without becoming the dirge so often heard these days. The composer's own recording from St Mark's, Audley Street in 1948 (available on YouTube) begins at about 69 and increases to about 88 at the climax. This, together with the omission of the first three bars, was presumably to meet the limitations of a single 78 side. The performance lasts 3 mins 27 seconds. If we assume 3.50 for the complete piece, why is it that some players today take a full 5 minutes? Does anyone share my views on a slightly brisker speed.? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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