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Prelude on a Folk Hymn ("Lonesome Valley")

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (04/02/12)
Composer: Jackson, Francis
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Kampen, Bovenkerk Hinsz/F.C. Schnitger
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Modern
Description:
Dr Francis Alan Jackson CBE (born 2 October 1917) is pre-eminent as a British organist and composer.

A popular figure in the musical profession, both nationally and internationally, Jackson was born in Malton, Yorkshire and received his early education as a Chorister at York Minster under his precursor, the legendary Sir Edward Bairstow. Himself Organist of York Minster from 1946 until his official retirement in 1982.

As well as having given recitals and concerts all over the world, Jackson has made numerous recordings of solo organ music, and of choral music with York Minster Choir.

His extensive output of sacred and secular music includes canticles, anthems, hymn tunes (including the widely sung East Acklam), organ sonatas and other organ pieces such as Diversion for Mixtures, two acclaimed monodramas - Daniel in Babylon and A Time of Fire, an overture, Brigantia, a concerto, a symphony, and solo songs. Jackson's creative output has continued since his retirement.

He is also the author of a biography of his teacher, mentor, and predecessor Sir Edward Bairstow entitled Blessed City: The Life and Works of Sir Edward C. Bairstow.

"Prelude on a Folk Hymn" (Jesus walked this lonesome valley...) comes from a two-volumed collection published by Harold Flammer in 1975, entitled "The Bristol Collection of Contemporary Hymn Tune Preludes for Organ."

This setting is quite "bluesy," and while conceived for the typical English cathedral sounds, I think it works well on the Hinsz.

Assuming you don't mind the "substitues" for the Solo Tuba and Full Swell! ;-)
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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