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Six Sketches (Book 1)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (01/07/17)
Composer: Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Mid-20th century
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (10 August 1889 – 12 May 1960) was a prolific and versatile English composer, best known for his output of songs. Gibbs also devoted much of his career to the amateur choral and festival movements in Britain.

His talents in Latin, won him a scholarship to Winchester College in 1902 where he specialized in history. However, while at Winchester, Gibbs began music studies in earnest, taking lessons in harmony and counterpoint with Dr. E. T. Sweeting. From 1908-1911 he attended Trinity College, Cambridge on a scholarship as a history student. He continued his studies at Cambridge in music through 1913 studying composition with Edward Dent, Cyril Rootham and Charles Wood.

His personal sound was far more influenced by “lighter forms of entertainment, popular song, and British folk song.” He excelled as a miniaturist.

The "Six Sketches" were published in two books by OUP in 1954. They show the composer as a true "Master of the Miniature" and are perfectly written for the organ. They will require some "thought," but they are very playable and enjoyable.
The music typifies the "warmly optimistic" feel of a lot of 1950's British organ music.

The registrations that the composer gives are fine "as is," but they are "simple" and can be "expanded" a bit, as I did, hopefully without becoming fussy.

"Lyric Melody" is in a flowing, song-like C minor, with an offbeat accompaniment.

"Elegy" is pungent, almost French, and requires some "thumbing down" toward the end.

"Jubilate Deo" is wonderful! It's quick, and has a tremendous sense of drive to it. THIS is one that you'll wish lasted longer!

These were not intended to be played as a "suite," but in order to save space (and ease of listening), I've combined the three movements.

The score is attached below, as well as two photos of C. Armstrong Gibbs.

I will upload Book 2 tomorrow. :-)

The individual timings are as follows:

Lyric Melody 0:00
Elegy 4:15
Jubilate Deo 7:25
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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