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Carillon

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Uploaded by: giwro (03/03/16)
Composer: Sowerby, Leo
Sample Set: EV - 1926 Wangerin (wet) BETA
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Modern
Description:
Sowerby was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he began to compose at the age of ten. His interest in the organ began at the age of 15, he was self-taught(!) He studied composition with Arthur Olaf Andersen at the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago (Gleason n.d.). Early recognition came when his violin concerto was premiered in 1913 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He spent time in France during World War I in the role of bandmaster. In 1921 he was awarded the Rome Prize (from the American Academy in Rome), the first composer to receive this. He joined the American Conservatory of Music as faculty in 1924. In addition he received the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his cantata, the Canticle of the Sun, written in 1944

In 1927 he became organist-choirmaster at St James’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, which was consecrated as a cathedral while he was there (1955). Previously, Sowerby was associate organist at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago (1919).

In 1962, after his retirement from St James’s, he was called to Washington National Cathedral to become the founding director of the College of Church Musicians, a position he held until his death in 1968. He died in Port Clinton, Ohio, while at Camp Wa-Li-Ro, in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, the summer choir camp where he had taught for many years.

His substantial output includes over 500 works in every genre but opera and ballet . His later works, done at St James's, Chicago, and Washington Cathedral, are primarily church music for choir and organ

This is his Carillon, a wonderful showpiece for the organ, and especially the romantic sounds of the Wangerin. You'll hear everything from a whisper to a roar, chimes and harp.
Performance: MIDI
Recorded in: Stereo
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