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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67060
Recording details: March 1998
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: July 1998
Total duration: 3 minutes 51 seconds

'Imaculate playing, and persuasive advocacy of much bleeding-heart repertory' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Brilliantly played by this much-feted player' (Choir & Organ)

'Bask in the warm glow that permeates this recital, recorded in a perfect setting' (Classic CD)

Solemn Melody
composer
1908
arranger

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Sir Henry Walford Davies became organist of The Temple Church, London, in 1898 and stayed for the next twenty years. There then followed four years of joint directorship with George Thalben-Ball before he finally handed over the reins in 1923. He studied composition with Parry and received encouragement and practical help from Elgar, but despite early success with the cantata Everyman, he never really fulfilled his early promise. In a wide-ranging career his true fame came as a choir-trainer and, most significantly, as an educationalist and popular broadcaster. Solemn Melody, his most famous composition, was written in 1908 for organ and strings. It is heard here in J E West’s arrangement for organ alone. The repeat of the melody, which develops to a climax for full organ, is enlivened by reharmonization and variations in the part-writing.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 1998

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