John Arthur Meale (1880-1932) was born in Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield, England, Dec. 18th, 1880, and died in Hendon, Dec. 9th, 1932. The name was spelt Meal in the register of births.
He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and served as organist of Marsden Congregational Church, 1896-99, of Selby Wesleyan Church, 1899-1905, of The Queens Hall, Hull, 1905-12, and of Westminster Central Hall, London, beginning in 1912.
He composed organ pieces, anthems, and songs.
"Abbey Bells" was published in 1940 by Amsco Music Publishing Co. Inc. in New York City, so, this is obviously a reprint/reissue of an English printed original.
The word "delightful" is overused, but, I can't think of a better word to describe this!
It uses the famous "Tallis Canon" hymn melody for its thematic material, and this is heard twice, first played upon the Solo vox humana and then upon the Swell strings.
It is marked "Allegretto" in the key of D major, and begins with a little scherzo-like introduction. This segues directly into the "chimes section" which features running 8th staccato 8th notes in the right hand, played upon the Choir flutes at 16' 8' and 2'. The hymn appears in the left hand in chords, and the "chimes" keep ringing above the tune.
The opening material returns, and there is a little "codetta" where everything melts down, and dissolves away at the end.
I received this score, along with MANY others , from John Henderson. As I often say: THANK YOU, John!
That score is attached below, as well as a photo of Arthur Meale and some of the places he played as organist.
You can look forward to more Meale and other novel and unknown English gems in the days to come.
Also coming, the substantial "Three Impromptus" by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
I hope this bright and carefree music brightens your day and helps to lift some of the tremendous stress and anxiety that currently burdens all of us.