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Sortie in G Major

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (10/11/17)
Composer: Rogers, James Hotchkiss
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: The Armley Schulze
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Early 20th century
Description:
Rogers, James Hotchkiss (7 Feb. 1857-28 Nov. 1940), composer, music critic, organist, and teacher, was born in Fair Haven, Conn., and began piano lessons at 12 and organ lessons later, and studied in Europe from 1875-80. In 1883, Rogers moved to Cleveland, becoming organist at Euclid Ave. Temple playing until his retirement in 1932. He was also organist for Shaker Hts. Neighborhood Church and First Unitarian Church. Rogers was music critic for the "Plain Dealer" from 1915-32. It was said Rogers was never harsh; even when Isadora Duncan danced in an outrageous red costume in 1922, Rogers simply wrote, "all things considered, the orchestra did very well."

He composed over 550 works: over 50 compositions for the organ, 5 cantatas, over 130 songs, and instruction books for both piano and organ. His composing style was late Romantic and tended toward the sentimental, but is very fine in its best moments.

"In Memoriam," a 6-song cycle centering on Walt Whitman's poems, was written for his son, Henry, who was killed in WW I. In 1946, the Cleveland Orchestra dedicated a program to Rogers. He taught at the Cleveland School of Music. Upon his retirement, he was honored by 500 musicians and friends at a farewell dinner. He moved to Pasadena, Calif., where he died.

"Sortie" is the 3nd of four organ pieces published by G. Schirmer in 1905. It is a rousing "Grand Chouer" and very much in the style of Rogers' teacher, Guilmant. It's harmonies are a "bit more English," so it reminded me of the works of William Faulkes, who wrote quite a few similar pieces. The sound of the Schulze is certainly different than the sound Rogers would have had, but it really rolls it down the nave! This organ is VERY heroic, and really pushed me in on with this performance! level"

I'm still experimenting with volume levels for my uploads, so, I welcome your opinions or impressions.

MORE Rogers to come - probably!

The score is attached below, as well as photos of Rogers and his signature.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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