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Track(s) taken from CDA66778

A Trumpet Minuet


Christopher Herrick (organ)
Recording details: March 1995
Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand
Produced by Paul Spicer
Engineered by Geoffrey Eyles
Release date: November 1995
Total duration: 3 minutes 35 seconds


'Christopher Herrick's runaway success as a recording artist can be explained not simply by his technical brilliance but also by his sympathetic and imaginative approach to individual venues and instruments … This disc will be eagerly added to existing Fireworks collections, and may be savoured by new converts as the musical equivalent of a vintage madeira' (Classic CD)

'Though this is a disc absolutely not to be missed by all lovers of the Edwardian organ and its music, I would say that it rises above this narrow musical bracket and is of great musical worth full stop!' (Organists' Review)
Alfred Hollins was a concert organist and pianist who toured widely in his earlier years, establishing a world-wide reputation. His birthplace was Hull and he was blind almost from birth. In his thirties he was appointed organist of a church in Edinburgh, the city in which he died at the age of seventy-six.

His Trumpet Minuet has a period flavour, with a cheerful tune whose contours follow the notes available on the natural trumpet, familiar in such pieces as `The trumpet shall sound' from Handel's Messiah. The Minuet was composed during one of the composer's recital tours in South Africa during the early years of the century, and was well received at Hollins' Edinburgh kirk, where its Handelian qualities overcame any prejudice there may have been against Terpsichorean music in such austere surroundings.

from notes by Ian Carson © 1995

Alfred Hollins, pianiste-organiste, donna de nombreux concerts au début de sa carrière et se fit ainsi une réputation mondiale. Né à Hull, il était aveugle depuis pratiquement sa naissance et avait plus de trente ans lorsqu'il fut nommé organiste d'une église d'Edimbourg, ville dans laquelle il finit ses jours à l'âge de soixante-seize ans.

Son A Trumpet Minuet possède le parfum de l'époque, avec une mélodie joyeuse dont les contours suivent les notes de la trompette naturelle et que l'on retrouve dans des morceaux tels que ‘The trumpet shall sound' du Messie d'Haendel. Ce menuet, qu'il composa lors d'une de ses tournées de récitals en Afrique du Sud au tout début du siècle, fut bien accueilli dans son église d'Edimbourg, ses qualités haendeliennes surmontant tous les préjugés qu'il pouvait y avoir contre la musique terpsichorienne dans un contexte si austère.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ian Carson © 1995

Alfred Hollins war Konzertorganist und Pianist, der auf den Tourneen seiner frühen Karriere weit umherkam und sich somit weltweit einen Namen schuf. Sein Geburtsort war Hull und er war fast von Geburt an blind. In seinen Dreißigern war er als Organist an einer Kirche in Edinburgh tätig, die Stadt, in der er im Alter von sechsundsiebzig Jahren starb.

Sein Trumpet Minuet hat eine periodische Atmosphäre mit einer fröhlichen Melodie, deren Konturen den möglichen Tönen der natürlichen Trompete folgen, vertraut aus Stücken wie 'The trumpet shall sound' (Die Trompete soll schallen) aus Händels Messias. Das Menuett war in den ersten Jahren dieses Jahrhunderts, während einer der Konzerttourneen des Komponisten nach Südafrika, geschrieben worden und wurde von Hollins Kirche in Edinburgh, wo seine Händelschen Qualitäten allen Vorurteilen, die es gegen Tanzmusik in solch karger Umgebung geben sollte, widersprachen, sehr gut empfangen.

aus dem Begleittext von Ian Carson © 1995

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