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Rhapsody No. 2

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (07/30/17)
Composer: Bullock, Ernest
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Late Romantic
Sir Ernest Bullock CVO (15 September 1890 – 24 May 1979) was an English organist, composer, and teacher.

He was born in Wigan and studied the organ with Edward Bairstow in Leeds and was assistant organist at Leeds Parish Church from 1907 to 1912. He also took courses at the University of Durham, receiving Bachelor of Music in 1908 and Doctor of Music in 1914.

After serving as sub-organist at Manchester Cathedral from 1912 to 1919, he was in 1919 briefly organist of St. Michael's College, Tenbury and then organist and choirmaster at Exeter Cathedral from 1919 to 1927. In 1928 he was named organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey.

He became Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow in 1941 and the Principal of the Scottish National Academy of Music (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which became the Royal Scottish Academy of Music under his stewardship).. He was then director of the Royal College of Music in London from 1952 until his retirement in 1960. Among his notable pupils were Robert Ashfield, Sidney Campbell, Peter Racine Fricker, and S. Drummond Wolff.

He was knighted by King George VI in 1951. He died in Aylesbury, aged 88.

Bullock is known for his church music, especially the Saints' Day anthem "Give us the wings of faith". His archive of original manuscripts is held by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Archives & Collections.

I know that I tend to use words like "unique" frequently, but this IS an absolutely unique piece - and a RARE one! I have NEVER heard ANY organ music by Bullock, although I do own his large "Introduction and Fugue in E Minor," which is something I've never invested the time in.

I'll give a few observations in the First Comment.

The work was "discovered" by me in a collection called "Outgoing Voluntaries," edited by the tragic A. E. Hull, who I've mentioned quite a bit lately.

The score is attached, as well as photos of Bullock and the places he served. A photo of Hull is included.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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