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Intermezzo, Op. 77

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (09/25/20)
Composer: Henderson, John
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Contemporary
John Henderson, probably Swindon's only full-time musicologist, acts as Honorary Librarian and Archivist to the Royal School of Church Music, a post he has held since 1995, and he serves as organist and choirmaster of Wroughton Parish Church.

He was trained at Magdalen College School, Oxford and is a medical graduate of St. John's College in Cambridge. He was formerly the senior partner of the NHS General Practice in Fairford, Gloucestershire. He retired from medicine in 1992 and lives in Old Town, Swindon. He describes himself as a 'train-spotter cum hoarder' of organ music and his personal library of 60,000 pieces of organ music supplies source material to many performers and recording companies world-wide.

Many of the fine and rare works that have I have uploaded recently were given to me by JH. THANK YOU, John! He is one of our members here "FRSCMJohn".

John was awarded the ARSCM (Associate of the Royal School of Church Music) in 1996 and named as an FRSCM (Fellow of the RSCM) in 2016.

He is the author/co-author of several books, his most famous being "The Dictionary of Organ Composers".

"Intermezzo" is a fine piece, very much in the mode of William Mathias, but with John's own personal touches in the foreground! The score is dated December 2, 1987.

The piece is more or less a "moto perpetuo" with some lively chords and figurations, which build up to a fine climax, before disappearing and melting away.

It's not easy, but like many of John's pieces is more than worth the effort.

When I did this earlier today, I was pretty sure that Hereford was the right organ, and it might be, but I think I will try this tomorrow on Peterborough or Salisbury for a comparison.

The score is attached below, as well as a photo of John Henderson, and two pictures of Wroughton Parish Church where he is organist and director of music.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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