Charles Vincent (19th September 1852 - 28th February 1934), Mus.B. (Oxon, 1878), Mus.D. (Oxon, 1885), was born at Houghtonle Spring, Durham, and, beginning in 1864, was a chorister at the Cathedral under Dr. Philip Armes. (This shows just HOW MUCH LATER boys' voices were changing then they are today!!!)
He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory under Dr Karl Reinecke, and held a number of church appointments: 1875-76. Organist of Monkwearmouth Parish Church, 1864-68; St. Mark’s, Sunderland; Tavistock Parish Church, 1877-83; Kelly College, Tavistock, 1877-83; and Christ Church, Hampstead, 1883-91.
He was editor of the “Organist and Choirmaster”; founded the Vincent Music Publishing Co.; taught harmony at Trinity College London. Composed cantatas, organ pieces, songs, &c. Son of C. J. Vincent; brother of George F. Vincent and H. S. Vincent. He served as examiner for Trinity College, London, travelling to South Africa and Australia.
He died in Monte Carlo in 1934.
"Nocturne Religieuse" comes from a collection entitled, "Original Compositions," where it is the 3rd in the group. It was published by E. Donajowski. It is dedicated: "To M. Leamon. Esq."
I've never seen a piece called a "religious nocturne" before, and it was the title, along with novel ending with a 2' stop in the Pedal that caught my attention.
I have to say that I didn't find anything "religious" about it, but I did like it. To me, it sounded "Italian," but I can't say just why. Perhaps there was a hint of a Venetian gondolier poling his boat in there, or maybe not.
I have followed the registrations very closely, as there are essential to producing the result.
It's not what I'd call "special music," but it is nice. :-)
The score is attached below, as well as 2 photos of Charles Vincent! The "younger Vincent" from John Henderson, and the "older Vincent" from our members "voxcoelestis" (Michael) and "djwf" (Dennis).
I THANK YOU gentlemen for your assistance! It is greatly appreciated! :-)