Since today is Ascension Day, I wanted to post an "Asension Day Piece", which would consist of LOTS of trumpets, tubers, and fanfares!!! After all the psalm appointed for today, Psalm 47, says in the 5th verse: "God is gone up with a merry noise, * and the Lord with the sound of the trump."
So, what to play? Hmm? I couldn't think of anything, and then at the noon Mass, I found this in that "Pageant for Pipes" book, published by Mayhew, and this "became" the Ascension Day piece!
Benedic, anima mea (Bless, my soul, Psalm 103) has NOTHING to do with Ascension Day, but it's certainly joyful, and does use the Trumpet of the Great organ in the main melody - which I think is in a bolero rhythm. The tuber and Mr. 32' reed DO appear, but only at the end.... ;-)
Norman Warren, (b.1934) was educated at Dulwich College in South London; studied music and theology at Corpus Christi College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He served as Archdeacon and Canon of Rochester from 1989 to his retirement in 2000. A gifted musician and a prolific writer and composer of hymn tunes and texts, songs, anthems, musical plays and instrumental pieces, mainly for the organ. Among his many paperbacks on the Christian life is the world's best-selling evangelistic booklet 'Journey into Life' with worldwide sales of 30 million. He is a founding member of Jubilate Hymns, which is what I'd call a "high-class" version of "acceptable" praise music... ;-)
Warning - This piece is going to make you SMILE!!! :-)