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Poco Adagio in F

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Uploaded by: Erzahler (11/02/16)
Composer: Floyd A. E.
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Modern
This Pocco Adagio is the third last of the pieces I am uploading by A. E. Floyd and is probably the longest although only 4:20. It is in Fmajor and the first section starts with a solemn and hesitating theme for solo string stop. This leads straight to a middle Piu mosso section before the first section returns and ends quietly.
Floyd wrote other works additional to those in my playlist including several more songs and hymns. Always wanting to communicate to the public he wrote a Magnificat and a Te Deum for congregational participation. The penultimate upload is of his most popular/most played on the radio piece and the last is his most flamboyant - Sketch in F.

Alfred Ernest Floyd was born in Aston, Birmingham in 1877 and after attaining a Doctorate of Music and work in the UK came to Australia in 1915 to take up the position of organist and Choir Director at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. It was Sir Walter Parrot who suggested the shy young Alfred apply for this position. This was achieved from a field of 200 applicants. He is an inheritor of the English Cathedral Tradition as he was for a number of years assistant at Winchester to Dr G. B. Arnold a pupil of S. S. Wesley. He was at St Pauls for 32 years resigning in 1947. He wrote a number of anthems, hymns and voluntaries. In 1948 he was the first musician to be awarded an OBE for services to music. As well as being a music critic for the Argus, he presented Music Lovers Hour on ABC radio for 24 years. He died in Melbourne in 1974.
Quote from “Goodbye ’til next time”: A critical biography of A.E. Floyd by Dr Ian Burk
‘A.E. Floyd had the ability to make music interesting and accessible to the musical public. By the 1940s, he was a household name in Australia particularly as a result of his music broadcasts, which always ended with the words ‘and now I’ll say goodbye ’til
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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