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Andante in G

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (04/25/19)
Composer: Macpherson, Charles
Sample Producer: Audio Angelorum
Sample Set: Peterborough Cathedral Hill
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Early 20th century
Charles Macpherson FRAM (1870–1927) was a Scottish organist, who served at St Paul's Cathedral. He was born in Edinburgh on 10 May 1870. His father was Burgh Architect. At the age of nine he became a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral, later studying music at the Royal Academy of Music. He was organist at St Clement Eastcheap between 1887 and 1890, before returning to St Paul's as assistant organist between 1895 and 1916, being made organist in 1916, a position he held until his death.

He was Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music and was elected a Fellow. He was President of the Royal College of Organists from 1920 to 1922. Two hymns by Macpherson were included in Hymns Ancient and Modern in 1916 Exsurgat Deus, and Stonypath. He died suddenly on 28 May 1927.

At Sir Hubert Parry's funeral in St Paul's Cathedral on October 16th 1918, a few of his friends made a small wreath of melodies, which were woven together and played. The pieces in this book have been written and given by these friends and a few besides, as a rather larger wreath, in loving memory of him. The title of the book was suggested by the original heading on his own piece (which stands as the first of them). "For the Little Organ Book". (1924)

The fifth piece is "Andante soavemente e dolce," or "Andante in G," is very nice example of the "English cathedral style," staring quietly, building up, and coming to a hushed ending.

This upload hopefully shows the buildup and comedown as heard on the big Hill. These sounds are "different" from those of a Willis or Harrison, and require more "careful management" to achieve smooth adding and removing of stops.

The score is attached below, as well as photograph of Charles Macpherson.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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