Sir George Dyson studied in Italy and Germany on a Mendelssohn Scholarship before establishing a distinguished career as music master in a number of England’s top public schools and becoming Director of the Royal College of Music. Retirement in 1952 afforded time for more composition, including responding to a commission to write for the annual St Cecilia service. In Live for ever, glorious Lord
Dyson sets words by John Austin (1636–1669) and makes extensive use of a soprano soloist. This piece illustrates his mastery of organ writing, with colourful textures throughout supporting expressive melodic lines amid harmony reminiscent of Delius.
from notes by Rupert Gough © 2014