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Berceuse

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (07/20/20)
Composer: Dixon, J. H. Reginald
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Mid-20th Century
Description:
(James Hugh) Reginald Dixon (1886-1975) was City Organist in Lancaster, as well as organist of St. Peter's Cathedral (Roman Catholic) in Lancaster for some sixty years.

In 1956 he received an award from the Vatican for his services to church music.

He composed a number of organ works, liturgical compositions and three light operas.

He is NOT the famous theater organist, Reginald Dixon, Organist of Blackpool Tower Ballroom! :-)

You're probably thinking, "Hmm, ANOTHER berceuse?!?" Well, yes, but no...

"Berceuse (Cradle Song)" was published by Hinrichsen in 1959.

While it follows the same idea as all such pieces, the gentle rocking and swaying, this piece reminded me immediately of Louis Vierne's famous work from the 24 pieces. However this one has it's own characteristics and features.

The influence is more French than English, and Dixon manages and judges his "layout" impeccably. The work is subtle throughout, but still manages great variety in texture and color. Legato octave playing, and not always "scalar" are essential in this piece.

Dixon is quite specific in what he asks for in terms of the registration, but all organs are different, and in order to get the results I think he wanted, I had to be "creative" in using the Salisbury Willis.

When I first played through it, it didn't do much for me, but after spending a little time with it, I was really surprised how much I liked this piece.

I think it really works, and I hope my appreciated listeners will enjoy it as well.

Attached below are photos of Reginald Dixon, of his gravestone, and several of St. Peter's Cathedral, where he served as organist for over 60 years.

Tomorrow, Dixon's "Festive Postlude."
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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