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Joy (Allegretto)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (07/03/19)
Composer: Grey, Charles John
Sample Producer: Audio Angelorum
Sample Set: Peterborough Cathedral Hill
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
Charles Grey (1849-1923) was born in Norfolk, England. His father was also an organist.

He taught at the London College of Music, and published quite a number of compositions, most of which, not all, are of a light nature.

"Joy and Sorrow" were published by Schott in 1909. The movements are two contrasting works, depicting what their titles imply.

The first, "Joy" is in the key of D major and marked "Allegretto." It is a sort of perpetual motion, English toccata, somewhat in the style of the final movement of Mendelssohn's "First Sonata."

Rather than just use "Full Swell" and then "Full Great", I've made this into a continuous crescendo, starting with a "mini Full Swell," and eventually ending with almost full organ, the 32' reed appearing on the final chord.

These two pieces are a good showcase for the now-available sample set of the Peterborough Cathedral Hill.

In both of these works, I've tried to make the organ, and the way I used it, sound "old-fashioned," and I think that the intent is successful.

The score is attached below, as well as a photo of Charles Grey.

The MIDI is also attached below.

Tomorrow, get ready for the Hill to thunder forth in two grand American pieces, uploaded to celebrate the Fourth of July!
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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