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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (07/10/19)
Composer: Grey, Charles John
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: The Armley Schulze
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Early 20th century
Description:
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.

This bravura "Toccata in D Major" was published by Schott in 1904. As is typical with the music of Grey, the harmonies are conventional, but the writing is colorful and arresting, and this is certainly another of the "crowd pleasing" sort!

I believe that there is an error in the indication of the "repeat sign" in the music.

The way it is indicated would place the repeat in a spot that makes no sense, musically, tonally, or effectually. I think the correct intent is to repeat the entire first section, so, that's the way I played it.

Perhaps if I am in error, Grey will send me a telegram, or, if he wants to be a modern man, maybe an email instead!

I tried to get a sense of variety and "expansion" in the registration, and was careful not to hit full organ too soon.

Despite the fact that the Armley Schulze is an impressively heroic sound, if you "go full too early," there is no place left to go!

The score is attached below, as well as a photo of Charles Grey, thanks to our good friend and member, bayless.

I can't help but feel that Charles Grey resembles several men who were Jack-the-Ripper suspects... ;-)
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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