Hyperion Records

Fiesta!
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written for Christopher Herrick's 60th birthday in 2002

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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 10' (CDA67458)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 10
'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 11' (CDA67577)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 11
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Movement 1: Celebration
Movement 3: Stride Dance
Movement 5: Fast Dance

Fiesta!
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Educated at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar, Iain Farrington (born 1977) is among the leading organist-composers of his generation. Celebration and Stride Dance are respectively the first and third numbers of Fiesta!, a seven-movement suite for organ. Celebration, written in 2002 to mark Christopher Herrick’s sixtieth birthday, is a lively, toccata-like work drawing inspiration from the modern French school of organ composition and displaying a dazzling rhythmic style and a remarkably rich harmonic palette. The key of C major, which is suggested at various points, is thrillingly confirmed by the final pedal notes and the added-sixth chord which brings the work to its close. Whoever is dancing in Stride Dance is a sinister, feral creature slinking about in the gloomy shadows of F minor. The right hand’s syncopated chords are the chief protagonist here, the pedals and left hand providing a hesitant, off-beat accompaniment. The music increases in confidence and intensity, the opening F minor figure appearing in a number of major-key guises; but with that key the work disturbingly ends, the final sound comprising the basic ingredients of a tonic chord but with the sharpened fourth, sixth and seventh degrees added for good measure.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2004

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