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Procession royale

2015; dedicated to Stephen Cleobury

A native of Dallas, George Baker won the American Guild of Organists National Competition in organ playing in 1970 and went on to win many of the major international prizes for the instrument. He studied in Paris with, among others, Marie-Claire Alain, Pierre Cochereau and Jean Langlais, before returning to the USA where he achieved further musical distinctions in the field of academe before deciding to undertake the new challenge of becoming a medical doctor. During all the time that he has spent as a distinguished dermatologist, he has never given up performing, teaching, composing and recording for the organ. In 2009 his Toccata-Gigue on the Sussex Carol was performed at A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s.

Procession Royale was written in 2015 and dedicated to Stephen Cleobury. Its composer writes:

‘The Procession Royale is a trumpet or tuba (high pressure English solo reed stop) tune. The British are particularly famous for their trumpet and tuba tunes—those of Purcell, Clarke, Stanley and others come to mind. These happy works are often used for wedding processional marches, and indeed, this one could serve in that capacity. The piece is in B-flat Major, a key friendly to a trumpet and the one requested by Cleobury for the organ at King’s College Chapel.’

from notes by Emma Cleobury © 2016


The King of Instruments
Studio Master: KGS0020Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track-specific metadata for KGS0020 track 14

Recording date
17 January 2017
Recording venue
King's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Simon Kiln
Recording engineer
Arne Akselberg
Hyperion usage
  1. The King of Instruments (KGS0020)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: June 2017
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