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Requiescat in pace (in memory of John Scott)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (08/14/15)
Composer: Ley, Henry G.
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Post Romantic
Description:
John Scott, Organist and Director of Music at St. Thomas Church in NYC, and formerly Organist and Director of Music of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, died suddenly on August 12th at the age of 59.

Rather than tell you about him, I have included a link which may be of interest to you:
https://www.stpauls.co.uk/news-press/latest-news/john-scott-st-pauls-organist-and-musical-genius-dies-aged-59

Henry George Ley MA DMus FRCO FRCM HonRAM (30 December 1887 – 24 August 1962) was an English organist, composer and music teacher. He was born in Chagford in Devon on 30 December 1887. He was a chorister at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Music Scholar at Uppingham School, Organ Scholar of Keble College Oxford (1906) where he was President of the University Musical Club in 1908, and an Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music where he was a pupil of Sir Walter Parratt and Marmaduke Barton. He was organist at St Mary’s, Farnham Royal, from 1905–1906, and at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (1909–1926), Professor of organ at the Royal College of Music in London from 1919, and Precentor at Radley College and at Eton College (that is, in charge of the music in College Chapel) from 1926 to 1945. He was an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, from 1926 to 1945 and died on 24 August 1962. He was a composer of choral works, including a celebrated setting of the Founder’s Prayer of King Henry VI.

This work is taken from a collection entitled, "An Album of Memorial and Funeral Music", published by OUP in 1960.

It is a dignified setting of the tune "Dundee" from the Scottish Psalter. It is the brief yet profound utterance of a cathedral musician, and I hope it is appropriate for the sad situation at hand.

The score is attached.

The text of the first verse is given as follows:

E'en now to their eternal home,
There pass some spirits blest:
While others to the margin come,
Waiting their call to rest.

RIP, John Scott.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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