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Chorale Prelude on Gibbons "Angel's Song"

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (02/08/16)
Composer: Steele, Douglas
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Early Twentieth Century
I've had this piece for years, but never did anything but "move it" every time I'd come across it, thinking, "I wonder what that's like... "

Earlier today, I came across it again, and said, "I'm going to play this once and for all!".
So, I did, and I like it very much.

The piece was published by Novello in 1947, and it appears as No. 205 in their "Original Compositions (New Series). It is founded upon the tune, "Angel's Song", composed by the great Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), and is a well-know melody.

The setting is lovely, flowing, and "typically English," so I've let the gentle sounds of the smaller diapasons make up the basis of the tonal picture. For the final two phrases we hear the Swell strings plus flute, and then the strings alone with the 32' Open Wood on the low "D."

I looked and looked to find any information on Douglas Steele, but could find nothing. Just before I came to the computer to upload this, I saw a book that I'd bought around 1990, but never used, called "A Dictionary of Composers for Organ." I think I paid something like $65 for it... ;-)

Sure enough, there he was, so, this is the little info I could find: Douglas Steele was born in 1910 (so, I assume he must have passed on), and was Assistant Organist of Manchester Cathedral. He later taught at Stockport, and published this work, a number of carols, and a fair amount of solo piano music.

If anyone wants a copy of this, please let me know, and I will be pleased to scan it for you.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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