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A Christmas Meditation on a Tune by Praetorius (Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (07/29/18)
Composer: Thiman, Eric H.
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Mid-20th Century
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Since it's almost August, can Christmas be far away?!?

Born in Ashford, Kent, he was largely self-taught. He was awarded an FRCO in 1921, and a DMus in 1928. From 1930 he was Professor of Harmony at the Royal Academy of Music and later, from 1956 to 1962, was Dean of the Faculty of Music at the University of London. From 1958, having moved from Park Chapel he was organist of the City Temple in London, a Congregational Church. He was a keen advocate of amateur music-making and in the 1960s was the conductor and Musical Director of the Purley Choral Society. The choir changed its name to The Chandos Choir in 1969. He wrote much educational music for piano and other instruments, as well as music for church choirs, some of which is still performed.

Thiman's list of published works numbers about 1,300. These include a large number of partsongs and many anthems and carols. Most of his church music was written for the non-conformist churches, but he also wrote anthems and canticles for Church of England Choirs.

Thiman (like Rowley) is another one of "those guys" that I have largely discounted, because he wasn't Anglican. However, every one of his that I have performed has been well-written.

"A Christmas Meditation on a tune by "Praetorius" was published by G. Schirmer in 1967. It is the fourth in the set of "Four Occasional Pieces," and completes my uploads of the set.

Thiman sets the famous Advent/Christmas melody in a highly original manner. Like all of his preludes, he never actually gives you the tune note by note! It is merely implied!

The music is gentle and expressive, and also pays homage to Johannes Brahms setting of the same melody in his Op. 122 Preludes. The final "English cadence" is perfect and not to be missed!

Sorry to have interrupted your summer with Christmas music! :-)

The score is attached below, as well as a photo of Eric Thiman and of the City Temple where he served as organist.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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