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A Solemn Melody

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Uploaded by: Keys61 (07/15/17)
Composer: Davies, Walford
Sample Set: Reuter, opus 227, Portland, Oregon
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Romantic
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A Solemn Melody

Walford Davies (1869 - 1941) English Organist, Conductor, Educator and Composer. Organist/Choirmaster at Temple Church in London from 1898- 1923. You can see his extensive biography here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walford_Davies

Arranged for organ by
Roy Perry (1906 - 1978) Organist, Choirmaster, and known for his work with the Aeolian Skinner Organ Company.

I've been waiting for an American Romantic Organ from this era. This Reuter has some beautiful sounds. An American style Vox Humana, which is more "ah" then "ee." all the solo stops: Clarinet, English Horn, French Horn, and Oboe. The Harp and the Chimes are exquisite! It also boasts a floating string division. (Sort of a mini Wanamaker) And Sonus has taken the time to sample all the ranks with and without their own tremulants. (which are very important in a Romantic Organ..... at least to me!!!)

Since there are 6 samples to load for each pipe of each stop, I had to make a few decisions. With only 32 gigs on my computer, and wanting to have all the samples with tremulants, I've chosen to load both front samples.... direct and diffuse. (You can learn more about this on their website.) I didn't load the rear samples, and so for the rear speakers in my room, I'm using convolution reverb. By setting my organ up this way, I can load in 20 bit and still not max out my ram.

This transcription is great for showing the beautiful strings on the organ, with and without tremulant, the wealth of 8' tone, some of the chorus reeds, plus the Tuba Major. And the harp is saved for the last.
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Recorded in: Stereo
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