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Five Short Pieces


The Five Short Pieces were written in 1929 while Whitlock was still in Rochester; they were published the following year just after his move to Bournemouth, and they brought him his first major success as a composer: ‘among the most encouraging of recent organ publications’, said the Musical Times, ‘… the music has tune and freshness’. The engaging stylistic diversity of these unpretentious works was prophetic of Whitlock’s future career: two light concert pieces (Nos 1 and 4), together with two sweetly melodic slow movements (Nos 2 and 3) and a rousing finale, these three equally suited to either church or concert hall.

from notes by David Gammie © 2004


Whitlock: Organ Sonata
Organ Dreams, Vol. 3 - Truro Cathedral
CDA67317Archive Service
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 4
CDA66605Archive Service


No 1: Allegretto
No 2: Folk Tune
Track 12 on CDA67317 [3'51] Archive Service
Track 6 on CDA67470 [3'50]
No 3: Andante tranquillo
No 4: Scherzo
No 5: Paean
Track 9 on CDA67470 [2'46]
Track 5 on CDA66605 [2'41] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67470 track 5

Recording date
8 January 2004
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Whitlock: Organ Sonata (CDA67470)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: October 2004
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