Edwin Lemare (1866–1934) was one of the outstanding recitalists of his day. After holding various London posts, he emigrated to America, where he is said to have commanded fees previous organists had only dreamt of. His many organ arrangements of orchestral scores are Lemare’s most enduring legacy (one thinks of his Wagner transcriptions and in particular that of the prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
, which Christopher Herrick included in Organ Fireworks VI) but he wrote a considerable number of original compositions, the best-known of which is undoubtedly his D flat major Andantino, which has come to be known as ‘Moonlight and Roses’. The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Op 98, which is dedicated to William Faulkes and dates from 1923, shows Lemare in an altogether different mode. The brilliant first movement focuses obsessively on the material heard in its first few bars. The second begins with an exposition of almost textbook regularity. Derived from the Toccata, its lively second subject is the basis of a counter-exposition leading to a climax at which both subjects are thrillingly combined. A pedal cadenza precedes a coda which recalls the Toccata, and with a nod in the direction of J S Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565, Lemare ends on a minor chord.
from notes by Relf Clark © 2009