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Lento (Three Organ Pieces, No. 1)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (04/28/20)
Composer: Luard-Selby, Bertram
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Early 20th century
Description:
Bertram Luard-Selby (12 February 1853 – 26 December 1918) was an English composer and cathedral organist. As an organist, he served in Salisbury Cathedral and Rochester Cathedral. As a composer, he wrote prolifically for the church, the concert-hall and the theatre.

Luard-Selby was born at Ightham Mote, Kent. He studied the organ at the Leipzig Conservatoire, and was organist at, successively, St. Barnabas, Marylebone, and Highgate School (1876); Salisbury Cathedral (1881); St. John's, Torquay, 1884; and St. Barnabas, Pimlico, 1887. He was appointed organist of Rochester Cathedral on the death of the incumbent, John Hopkins, in 1900, and held the post until 1916, when he took a post at Bradfield College. He was the musical editor of Hymns Ancient and Modern, published in 1904. He also gave chamber music concerts in London in the 1880s.

He composed two school cantatas; chamber music including two piano quintets; a piano quartet; three sonatas for violin and piano; and many songs and part-songs. His church music includes two settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, 16 anthems, and a number of pieces for the organ.

Among Luard-Selby's orchestral works were Village Suite, which premiered at the Henry Wood Proms in 1908, and An Idyll. In addition he wrote a great deal of music for the theater.

Luard-Selby died in Brigg, Lincolnshire at the age of 65.

The score, courtesy of Dr. John Henderson, is attached below, as well as a photo of the composer, and several of some of the churches and cathedrals at which he served.

"Three Organ Pieces" is dedicated: "To A. E. Wilscher." I found all three to be very satisfying.

The first of the set, "Lento" is the most difficult. The title is misleading as the work begins quietly, but increases massively in animation and dynamic, before settling back to the hush of the opening section.

The continuous buildup, increase of animation, and the active pedal part make this work quite demanding.

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