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A noble Hill organ, twice orphaned, finds a new home!

The proud organ, built by William Hill for St. Paul's Church-Burton-on-Trent almost 150 years a...

Uploaded by: John_Pellowe (11/18/18)
Composer: Smith, John Stafford (arr. Virgil Fox)
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel E.M. Skinner
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: National Anthem
Description:
I hesitated to upload this because Agnus Dei already has a fine posting of it.

http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/22779

However, I decided to share this post because it features a different organ and we've taken slightly different interpretative stances for parts of it. Both are great, but each is its own take.

I saw Virgil play live at St. Paul's in Toronto - what a treat! And what a showman!! He made the organ look fun. He had a real flair for pleasing the crowds with his music. Yea Virgil!

I really enjoy the chance this piece gives to show off the pedals to guests at my house - there are not one, but two pedal solos, both with two independent lines in the feet. This is not a difficult piece, but it sure does impress the non-organists in the crowd!!
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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