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Voluntary No. 2 (Cornet) in G major

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (05/20/13)
Composer: Heron, Henry
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Baroque
Description:
All that is know of Henry Heron is that he worked in London in the 18th century. On the title-page of his "Ten Voluntaries for the Organ or Harpsichord" he calls himself Organist of St. Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge, which is today a bastion of traditional Anglo-Catholicism, and considered by many to be one of Wren's finest interiors.

Two editions of these voluntaries exist, one printed at Heron's expense and the other by Charles & Samuel Thompson of London. The best modern edition is the one edited by Dr. Ewald Kooiman, and appearing as Volume 29 in the "Incognita Organo" series, published by Harmonia in 1984.

I've always thought of Heron's voluntaries as some of the very best in terms of color, craftsmanship and variety.

This one, "No. 2 in G Major" begins with the standard "Diapason Prelude" before the 2 Cornets dialogue. The Cornets used are on the Choir as the main one, and the "cornet combination" on the Swell as the echo. There is a small cadenza added before the conclusion.

Notice HOW different the sound of this Cornet Voluntary is as compared to the one at Utrecht. Neither is "historically correct" but both work musically.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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