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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (08/26/13)
Composer: West, John Ebenezer
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
John Ebenezer West (1863-1929) was born in London, where he studied organ with Sir Fredercik Bridge and composition with his uncle, Ebenezer Prout at the Royal Academy of Music. He served as organist at St. Mary's, Berkeley Square (1884-1891), South Hackney Parish Church (1897) and St. Augustine's, Queens Gate. In 1885 he joined Novello & Co., where he became musical editor and adviser in 1897. This position gave my great influence over the company's entire programme of new publications. He also was the editor a 36-volume collection of 16-18th century organ music entitled: "Old English Organ Music Series".

His own works include organ music for liturgical and concert usage, as well as sacred choral works and orchestral music.

During his lifetime, West was a highly esteemed and successful composer, and this was particularly due to his feeling for the "Romantic style." Contemporaries placed his music very "close to that of Edward Elgar," and a there are many "Elgarian touches" in his works.

Well I "knew or had" many of these pieces laying around, MANY THANKS to Carson Cooman for sending me a copy of a new grouping of them! ;-)

I tried to perform these works in a "not highly worked out style" - meaning, as I would play them "for a service", and not in a manner that is overly "fussy or worked out". Most of them used the "normal English cathedral graded piston" approach, as you'll see. All of them are pure organ music - conceived for and perfect on the English organ.

This solemn work was written in memory of Josef Rheinberger, and refects his "style" in the way it is composed. For a "small" work, it is very large in its impact.

Incidentally, it's not that I didn't "hold the tempo" in the variations. I played it exactly the way West wrote it... ;-)

For a comparison on the wonderful Ladegast organ:
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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