William Faulkes (1863-1933), composer, organist, pianist, arranger, recitalist, teacher, chamber musician, conductor, musical organizer. Remarkably, for a composer so fluent and prolific, Faulkes was consistently omitted from the major dictionaries of music. From time to time, he is found in smaller more specific dictionaries – or perhaps more correctly, directories from the late 19th and early 20th century. In these, Faulkes is sometimes described as a leader of the modern English school of organ playing; or a leading composer of the English romantic school of organ playing.
Born in Liverpool, at the age of 10 became a chorister at St. Margaret's Church, Anfield, which was the largest brick church in England, and had the largest organ in Liverpool. At the age of 18, he was appointed organist of St. John's, Tue Brook, and five years later returned to St. Margaret's. He had a fine all-male (all volunteer) choir, and the level of musical excellence at the church was significant. As an organist, he was a brilliant performer, and earned the admiration of the leading British organist of the time, W. T. Best.
"Andante and Pastorale" was published by Schott in 1898, and is dedicated "To James M. Preston, Esq. (Organist of St. George's Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)."
It is what the title implies, but the subtle and sophisticated interplay between melodies and countermelodies, of buildup and relaxation, and other details are too many to list! Listen carefully, or you may not hear them all!
I dedicate this upload with friendship to "monorganist," in appreciation for his kind comments, and in the aid of helping along his exposure to the music of Faulkes!
I hope you enjoy this, José!
The score is attached below, as well as photos of Faulkes, St. Margaret's, and St. George's Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where the dedicatee was organist back in 1898. The exterior photo shows the grandness of the building, while the interior photos shows the current "arrangement"... :-(