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A Wedding Fanfare

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (01/10/15)
Composer: Bliss, Arthur
Sample Producer: Voxus Virtual Organs
Sample Set: 1738 Christian Müller - Haarlem (Wet)
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Mid-20th Century
Sir Arthur Bliss, original name in full Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss (born August 2, 1891, London—died March 27, 1975, London), one of the leading English composers of the first half of the 20th century, noted both for his early, experimental works and for his later, more subjective compositions.

Bliss studied under Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. Up to the early 1920s, his music was frequently experimental. Later, although he never abandoned experimentation, he began composing in classical forms. He composed the scores for three films, including Things to Come (1935; after H.G. Wells). Other works include a television opera and several ballets. His last composition, a choral work called "Shield of Faith," was performed initially a few weeks after his death, at the 500th anniversary celebration at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Bliss was knighted in 1950 and in 1953 became Master of the Queen’s Musick.

As far as I can discern, he wrote only one organ work - "Praeludium," which dates from 1971. He wrote MANY fanfares, including this one, which comes from "Royal Fanfares and Interludes", which were "Composed for the Marriage of H.R.H. Princess Margaret in Westminster Abbey, 6 May 1960." This arrangement was done by Basil Ramsey, and published by Novello in 1964.

While it's not a sound like a big Willis or Harrison, I think this shows another successful side of the organ.

ALL changes could be made on the real instrument with the assistance of 2 registrants!
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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