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Prelude on "Tallis' Canon" (6 Preludes for Organ, Op.88 , No. 6)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (10/15/18)
Composer: Stanford, Charles Villiers
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Early 20th century
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (30 September 1852 – 29 March 1924) was an Irish composer, music teacher, and conductor. Born to a well-off and highly musical family in Dublin, Stanford was educated at the University of Cambridge before studying music in Leipzig and Berlin. While still an undergraduate, Stanford was appointed organist of Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1882, aged 29, he was one of the founding professors of the Royal College of Music, where he taught composition for the rest of his life. From 1887 he was also Professor of Music at Cambridge. As a teacher, Stanford was sceptical about modernism, and based his instruction chiefly on classical principles as exemplified in the music of Brahms.

He composed a substantial number of concert works, including seven symphonies, but his best-remembered pieces are his choral works for church performance, chiefly composed in the Anglican tradition. He was a dedicated composer of opera, but none of his nine completed operas has endured in the general repertory. Some critics regarded Stanford, together with Hubert Parry and Alexander Mackenzie, as responsible for a renaissance in music from the British Isles.
His choral works, along with his organ works, to a somewhat lesser degree, remain highly significant in the music lists of countless cathedrals and churches.

The "6 Preludes for Organ, Op. 88" were published by Breitkopf und Härtel between 1903 and 1905. The pieces are in various "forms," including chaconne, toccata, prelude, etc.

The sixth is a "prelude" on Thomas Tallis' well-known tune, the "Tallis Canon", which is usually sung with the text, "All praise to Thee, my God this night."

In this lovely setting, we hear Stanford at his "Germanic best." Rather than setting the tune itself in an exact manner, it is woven skillfully into the texture, which continually unfolds in a gentle crescendo, before finally dying away at the end.

The score is attached below, as well as a photo of Charles V. Stanford.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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