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Pavan

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (03/31/17)
Composer: Rowley, Alec
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Mid-20th century
Description:
Alec Rowley was born in London on 13 March 1892, teacher, composer, organist, pianist, lecturer and writer, who studied at the RAM with Frederick Corder and where he won sundry scholarships and prizes. He was an organist at several London churches including, during the Second World War, St Margaret's, Westminster. He died on 11 January 1958 while playing tennis.

"Pavan" was published by H. W. Gray Co. in 1948. The score says that it is also published for organ and piano duet.

By definition, a "pavan" is a slow, processional dance, and that would be an excellent "definition" of this work.

In a flowing E minor, the "Rowley fingerprints of line and harmony" are certainly evident, but as always, he also works in some surprises. There is a nice feeling of climax, and the change from minor to major at the very last minute is pleasing.

I've done two "comparison recordings," one on the Armley Schulze, and the other on the Hereford Willis.

Which do you prefer?!?

The score is attached below, as well as THE photo of Rowley.

More "Rowley Riot" to come!
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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