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A Mediation (Two Short Pieces, No. 1)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (11/09/19)
Composer: Crawford, Thomas J.
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Mid-20th Century
T.J. (Thomas James) Crawford (1877-1955) was born in Scotland, lived in England, and became a naturalized Canadian in 1928. He held the degree of B Mus (Durham), and was a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
He studied organ and theory in Glasgow with H. Sandiford Turner and Otto Schweitzer, and in 1894 in Leipzig with Carl Reinecke and Paul Homeyer. While he was in Leipzig he was organist at All Saints (Anglo-American) Church. He also was successful there as a composer; his "Lipsia Suite" for orchestra was performed under Reinecke (and later under Sir August Manns at the Crystal Palace in London).

Returning to London in 1898, he assisted Sir Frederick Bridge for seven years at Westminster Abbey. In 1911 he became the organist-choirmaster of St Michael's Church, Chester Square, London. In December 1922 he moved to Toronto to take up posts as organist at St Paul's Bloor St. and teacher at the Toronto Conservatory.

He was organist-choirmaster in 1932 at Holy Trinity Church and 1933-46 at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. Retiring in 1946, he continued to travel as an examiner for the RCMT and produced a book, Keyboard Harmony and Transposition (Toronto 1952, 1966). His last position was at St Andrew's Church, Barrie, in 1954.

He was quite active and successful as a composer, and has several organ works that are still played, namely the "Toccata in F," and the suite, "In a Great Cathedral."

"Two Short Pieces" were published by the Western Music Company Ltd. in 1950 as No. 11,003 in the "Western Organ Series." Both pieces have a unique flavor to them, and are quite modern. The writing in "A Meditation" combines modality with "gentle modernity," while "A Sonnet" is expressively chromatic from start to finish.

I have no photos of the composer to share, but the score is attached below.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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