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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (05/25/13)
Composer: Gilbert, Norman
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Modern
I could find almost nothing on the composer of this nice piece... :-(

By "accident", I discovered that Norman Gilbert (1912-1975) was an organ pupil of Sir Edward Bairstow at York Minster in the mid-1930's.
Other than this piece, "Epilogue" which was included in OUP "An Album of Praise" (1958), the only other piece composed by Gilbert that I could find was a rathed creative setting of "Let all the world" one of the more "ambitious" works in OUP's classic red book, "Oxford Easy Anthem Book".

Gilbert is listed as having written a fair number of works in a wide variety of forms and instrumentation, and I'm SURE I've seen other organ works by him, but, I just can't recall what they were, IF I actually did...

The "trick" to making this piece "sound English" is to follow the ALL-IMPORTANT direction of NOT coupling the Swell to the Great until indicated! You'll hear the piece start with Salisbury's noble Great Diapasons in contrast with the Full Swell shut. The "uncoupled" Great is often difficult on American organs, since the voicing, scaling and specs just won't "support" extended passages on a narrow Princial and a chiffy Spitzflote... ;-)

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy these "little" English pieces! I enjoy playing them for you, but I don't want to overdo it.

It's fun for me to play these as I prepare some bigger items... ;-)

THANKS for all the support and friendship!
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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