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Uploaded by: giwro (01/10/19)
Composer: Sowerby, Leo
Sample Producer: CLR Resources
Sample Set: SMG - St. Mark's Glendale E.M. Skinner
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Modern
Description:
Leo Sowerby (1895-1968), often called the "Dean of American church music," was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he began to compose at the age of ten. His interest in the organ began at the age of 15, he was self-taught at the instrument. He studied composition with Arthur Olaf Andersen at the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago. He spent time in France during World War 1 in the role of bandmaster. In 1921 he was awarded the Rome Prize, the first composer to receive this. He joined the American Conservatory of Music as faculty in 1924. In addition he received the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his cantata, the "Canticle of the Sun," written in 1944. In 1927 he became organist-choirmaster at St James’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, which was consecrated as a cathedral while he was there (1955). Previously, Sowerby was associate organist at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago (1919).In 1962, after his retirement from St James’s, he was called to Washington National Cathedral to become the founding director of the College of Church Musicians, a position he held until his death in 1968. His substantial output includes over 500 works in every genre but opera and ballet. His later works, done at St James's, Chicago, and Washington Cathedral, are primarily church music for choir and organ.
(bio courtesy of Agnus_Dei)

This piece was written in the early 1920s, when Sowerby was a young man. It shows already his penchant for jazzy harmonies and idiomatic writing. It also shows off the Chimes and harp of the St. Mark's Skinner!

Sample set available HERE:
http://www.evensongmusic.net/?page_id=2574

Selection performed by Charles Raasch
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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