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Légende, Op.66

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (09/15/20)
Composer: Friml, Rudolf; arr. Macfarlane, Will C.
Sample Producer: Audio Angelorum
Sample Set: Peterborough Cathedral Hill
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Early 20th century
Charles Rudolf Friml (December 7, 1879 – November 12, 1972) was a Czech-born composer of operettas, musicals, songs and piano pieces, as well as a pianist. After musical training and a brief performing career in his native Prague, Friml moved to the United States, where he became a composer. His best-known works are Rose-Marie and The Vagabond King, each of which enjoyed success on Broadway and in London and were adapted for film.

I suppose that one might call "Légende" something of a "trifle." It was originally published as a piano solo in 1910 by G. Schirmer.

I suppose that it is "just another miniature," but with a little bit of sensitive effort, it can be made to sound very attractive and colorful. It also showcases some of the Hill solo stops to excellent effect, such as the Solo orchestral oboe, and also the Swell hautboy. Although they are both "oboes," the differences between the two are striking!

The work was transcribed for organ by Will C. MacFarlane (2 October 1870 — 12 May 1945) and published in 1914, also by G. Schirmer.

Although born in England, his career was mostly in the United States, and centered around New York City, where he held some of the city's most prestigious posts, such as Temple Emmanuel and St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue.

He is most remembered for his anthem: "Ho! everyone that thirsteth."

The score is attached below, as well as two photos of Rudolph Friml and one of Will C. Macfarlane.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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