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.
"Andante Religioso, Op. 64" is a nice piece. I'd call it something of a "transitional work," as it seems to move from Rowley's early romantic-style of the teens, to his more modern style of the 40's and 50's.
The piece has an interesting "feel" to it, as it's written in 7/4 time. Actually, it's a pattern of 4/4 + 3/4, but has a more "flexible feel" to it than if it were in a "regular meter" like 4/4, 3/4, etc.
As in most Rowley works, the format is one of an arch, but the top of the arch is not "too high," in this one, and the mood is never overwhelming.
There are a few other "unique" elements to the piece as well, but I think all of this stems from the 7/4 time signature.
The work is dedicated "To F. G. Shuttleworth, Esq." who I believe was organist of the magnificent church of St. Mary's Abbotts, Kensington.
The score is attached below, as well as the famous photo of Rowley, and exterior and interior shots of the church of St. Mary's Abbotts.
More Rowley Riot to come! :-)