When I uploaded the "Carillon" by William Faulkes the other day, I noted that it was very different in style than the grand French carillons. It got me to wondering what other "different" carillons were floating around...
This one, clothed in impressionism is unique and highly atmospheric.
Eric DeLamarter (February 18, 1880 - Lansing, Michigan, - May 17, 1953 - Orlando, Florida, USA) was an American organist, conductor, music critic, teacher, and composer. He studied organ with Fairclough in St. Paul, Middelschulte in Chicago, and Guilmant and Widor in Paris (1901-1902), and was a graduate of Albion College in Michigan (1900).
After finishing his studies, he held several organ positions in Chicago, notably with the Fourth Presbyterian Church (1914-1936). He was music critic for the Chicago Inter-Ocean (1901-1914), the Chicago Record-Herald (1905-1908), and the Chicago Tribune (1909-1910). He also taught at Olivet College (1904-1905), Chicago Musical College (1909-1910), University of Missouri, Ohio State University, and the University of Texas. Among his pupils was Leon Stein. He was a close friend and advisor to Leo Sowerby as well as a champion of Sowerby's music. DeLamarter aided Sowerby in his becoming an accomplished organist.
Eric DeLamarter was assistant conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1918 to 1933 and from 1933 to 1936 he served as their associate conductor.
The performance calls for chimes, but I don't the colors of the Salisbury Willis will disappoint you! The rich colors of the strings, flutes, and solo reeds, both Clarinet and Cor Anglais are superb.
I dedicate this performance to my good friend and our member, Jonathan Orwig (giwro). I do so in friendship and recognition of his personal goodness, and his talents as a musician.
The "Carillon" by Leo Sowerby is one of Jon's signature pieces, so, the connection was immediate with this piece!
The score is attached below, as well as photos of the Fourth Presbyterian Church.