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A Flourish for a Bidding

1969; composed for a charity auction (Novello paid £21) in aid of the Royal College of Organists, where it was first performed by Sir George Thalben-Ball

The celebratory organ piece A Flourish for a Bidding was composed in aid of the Royal College of Organists in 1969 and the manuscript was auctioned (hence the ‘Bidding’ of the title). George Thalben-Ball gave its first performance at the RCO and the manuscript was bought by Novello for £21. This piece is in Howells’ later organ style, with short declamatory phrases and much sparer writing than in his early organ music.

from notes by Paul Andrews © 2011

A Flourish for a Bidding est une pièce d’orgue solennelle écrite en 1969 au profit du Royal College of Organists, le «Bidding» («enchères») du titre s’expliquant par une mise aux enchères du manuscrit. George Thalben-Ball la créa au Royal College of Organists tandis que Novello en acquit le manuscrit pour £21. Cette œuvre est dans le style organistique tardif de Howells, qui use ici de courtes phrases déclamatoires et d’une écriture beaucoup plus raréfiée que dans ses premières pages pour orgue.

extrait des notes rédigées par Paul Andrews © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Das feierliche Orgelstück A Flourish for a Bidding entstand 1969 zugunsten des Royal College of Organists und das Manuskript wurde versteigert (daher das Wort „Bidding“ [Steigern, bzw. Gebot] im Titel). George Thalben-Ball führte es erstmals am College auf und das Manuskript wurde von Novello für £21 erworben. Dieses Stück weist Howells’ späteren Orgelstil auf—es erklingen kurze deklamatorische Phrasen und der Satz ist insgesamt deutlich sparsamer gehalten als es in seinen frühen Orgelwerken der Fall ist.

aus dem Begleittext von Paul Andrews © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


Howells: The Winchester Service & other late works


Track-specific metadata for CDA67853 track 9

Recording date
25 March 2010
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Howells: The Winchester Service & other late works (CDA67853)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: June 2011
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