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Con Grandezza

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (10/01/20)
Composer: Vincent, Charles
Sample Producer: Audio Angelorum
Sample Set: Peterborough Cathedral Hill
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Early 20th century
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.

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.

"Con Grandezza" dates from 1902 and is the fourth piece in "Twelve Postludes or Concluding Voluntaries" published by The Vincent Music Company Ltd.

The work is dedicated: "To Roger Ascham, Esq. Port Elizabeth, S. Africa." I believe that Ascham had a big job as a "municipal organist," and was VERY active as a recitalist.

The description of "Con Grandezza" reads: "As the name of the piece implies, it is dignified and majestic in character. It is of the Postlude type, and if not too short, might be suitable at the conclusion of a service. The movement is well adapted to display the full power of the instrument."

The description says it all, and the music is fun to hear and to play. It's another "conventional" work, but well-worth giving a try!

The score is attached below, as well as two photos of Charles Vincent.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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