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Andante Affetuoso

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (05/26/18)
Composer: Faulkes, William
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
William Faulkes (1863-1933), composer, organist, pianist, arranger, recitalist, teacher, chamber musician, conductor, musical organizer. Remarkably, for a composer so fluent and prolific, Faulkes was consistently omitted from the major dictionaries of music. From time to time, he is found in smaller more specific dictionaries – or perhaps more correctly, directories from the late 19th and early 20th century. In these, Faulkes is sometimes described as a leader of the modern English school of organ playing; or a leading composer of the English romantic school of organ playing.

Born in Liverpool, at the age of 10 became a chorister at St. Margaret's Church, Anfield, which was the largest brick church in England, and had the largest organ in Liverpool. At the age of 18, he was appointed organist of St. John's, Tue Brook, and five years later returned to St. Margaret's. He had a fine all-male (all volunteer) choir, and the level of musical excellence at the church was significant. As an organist, he was a brilliant performer, and earned the admiration of the leading British organist of the time, W. T. Best.

"Andante Affetuoso" was published by Schott in 1894, and is dedicated "To Dr. C. W. Pearce, Hon. Treasurer of the London Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians)."

An "early" Faulkes work, I found this one to be exceptionally beautiful, with the "delicate passion" that the title implies. The piece hangs together nicely, and the refined sense of melody and harmony are clearly in evidence. The "lyric flow" of this one is very captivating.

I dedicate this with friendship to adrianw.

Adrian, I appreciate your kindness, your always helpful information, and your shared passion for the music of Faulkes, Rowley, etc.

I hope you like this!

The score is attached below, as well as two photos of Faulkes, and one of St. Margaret's, where Faulkes was organist.

More Faulkes Coming!!!
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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