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Voluntary on "Old Hundredth" (Nine Hymn-Tune Voluntaries)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (03/29/17)
Composer: Rowley, Alec
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: The Armley Schulze
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Mid-20th century
Alec Rowley was born in London on 13 March 1892, teacher, composer, organist, pianist, lecturer and writer, who studied at the RAM with Frederick Corder and where he won sundry scholarships and prizes. He was an organist at several London churches including, during the Second World War, St Margaret's, Westminster. He died on 11 January 1958 while playing tennis.

These 9 brief voluntaries will be not only to continue my "Rowley Riot," but also to demonstrate some of the colors on the now complete, and recently released Armley Shulze organ. I had a chance to play this organ in the 1980's, but that was before the complete and spectacular restoration was done.

The group of nine pieces are divided into "Opening" and "Closing" Voluntaries. They are conceived for manuals only (although I did the odd pedal note at times), and would be great "learning pieces," or an excellent first exposure to playing the works of Rowley. This one, the "Voluntary on 'Old Hundredth,'" is the third of the "Closing Voluntaries" in the collection.

In this piece, you almost full organ, but without the Swell and Great mixture (until the end) and without the 16' Tuba. You can notice the "tierce dominated" mixtures here.

The treatment is grand and reserved, and has a "ceremonial feel" to it.

This the "real" and not the "extended" version of the sample set.

The score is attached below, as well as THE photo of Rowley.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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