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Nocturnette (Moonlight)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (04/15/20)
Composer: d'Evry, Edward
Sample Producer: Audio Angelorum
Sample Set: Peterborough Cathedral Hill
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Early 20th century
Edouard (Edward) d'Evry, F.R.C.O., F.T.C.L. was Assistant organist of the Brompton Oratory, London from 1893-99, and Organist there from 1899-1935,

He preceded Ralph Downes as Organist of the Brompton Oratory and wrote a number of pieces for organ in varying styles over a period of more than 50 years. He was also Controller of Examinations for the Trinity College of Music in London.

"Nocturnette," this little "town hall special" was published by Arthur P. Schmidt in 1910. It is dedicated: "To Mrs. R. J. Gibson."

It's the sort of thing that you'll either love or hate. For me, I found it relaxing and satisfying to do, and I thought the Peterborough Hill did a fine job with it, especially the pungent but sweet Solo stings.

I didn't spend a lot of time with it, so, I did achieve what I'd call a "natural feel" to it. The tempo is marked "Andante," and I think you want to be careful about taking it too slowly.

The image of moonlight reflecting on gently flowing waters, or perhaps even more so of rowing down stream under a shimmering moon came immediately to my mind's eye.

So, turn the lights down and float along to a dreamland far away and distant. A place that we and our troubled times have forgotten...

The score is attached below, as well as photos of Edward d'Evry, and several photos of Brompton Oratory, where he spent 42 years of service.

I have many more "forgotten and novel pieces" coming soon, many of which are really quite fine, and all of which are enjoyable!

Peace and safety to all.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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