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Track(s) taken from CDA66778

Tuba Tune


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: 4 minutes 26 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)
Norman Cocker returned to his native Lancashire as sub-organist then organist at Manchester Cathedral, becoming a much-venerated figure. He had been born at Rippoden, but became a chorister at Magdalen College, Oxford, the city which saw the early stages of his organist career. He served Manchester Cathedral for over thirty years, and wrote a number of hymn tunes, of which `Ryburn' and `Rippoden' are still in regular use. His Tuba Tune was published in 1922, and is played from an edition by his teacher, Henry G G Ley. The tuba is given a confident swaggering tune but, more than this, it later appears in chorus, pure and dazzling twenty-four-carat gold in sound.

from notes by Ian Carson © 1995

Norman Cocker retourna dans son Lancashire natal comme deuxième organiste puis organiste principal à la cathédrale de Manchester où il devint un personnage très respecté. Né à Rippoden, il devint néanmoins choriste à Magdalen College à Oxford, la ville qui vit les débuts de sa carrière d'organiste. Il demeura trente années à la cathédrale de Manchester et composa un certain nombre d'hymnes parmi lesquels 'Ryburn' et `Rippoden' qui sont encore couramment joués. Son Tuba Tune, interprété d'après des partitions de son professeur Henry G G Ley, fut publié en 1922. La mélodie, écrite pour le registre de tuba, possède une assurance de fanfare mais qui plus est, elle figure ensuite dans le refrain, pure et éblouissante comme un véritable joyau.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ian Carson © 1995

Norman Cocker kehrte, erst als Suborganist, dann als Organist an der Manchester Cathedral, in sein gebürtiges Lancashire zurück und wurde zu einer hochverehrten Persönlichkeit. Er war in Rippoden geboren, wurde Chorsänger am Magdalen College in Oxford, eine Stadt, die die frühen Phasen seiner Organistenkarriere erkannte. Er diente der Manchester Cathedral über dreißig Jahre und schrieb eine Reihe von melodischen Hymnen, von denen `Ryburn' und `Rippoden' noch immer regelmäßig gespielt werden. Sein Tuba Tune wurde 1922 veröffentlicht und in einer Ausgabe von seinem Lehrer, Henry G G Ley, gespielt. Der Tuba wird eine zuversichtliche großtuerische Melodie zugeschrieben, sie erscheint aber darüber hinaus später auch für Chor, rein und blendend, vierundzwanzig Karat Gold in Gold.

aus dem Begleittext von Ian Carson © 1995

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