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Allegretto (The Organ)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (10/29/20)
Composer: Stainer, John
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
Sir John Stainer (1840-1901) was an English composer and organist whose music, though not generally much performed today was very popular during his lifetime. His work as choir trainer and organist set standards for Anglican church music that are still influential. He was also active as an academic, becoming Heather Professor of Music at Oxford.

Stainer was born in Southwark, London in 1840, the son of a cabinet maker. He became a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral when aged ten and was appointed to the position of organist at St Michael's College, Tenbury at the age of sixteen. He later became organist at Magdalen College, Oxford, and subsequently organist at St Paul's Cathedral. When he retired due to his poor eyesight and deteriorating health, he returned to Oxford to become Professor of Music at the university. He died unexpectedly while on holiday in Italy in 1901.

At the age of sixteen, he was appointed by Sir Frederick Ouseley to the post of organist at the newly founded St. Michael's College, Tenbury. About this time he wrote several anthems, the most successful of which was "I saw the Lord", a bolder and more original work in a more contemporary style. In 1860 he became organist at Magdalen College, Oxford, and, organist of St. Paul's Cathedral in London in 1872.

His music is now rarely performed, but at it's best are true classics of the English tradition.

Despite the fact that Stainer was a superb organist, he left little of substance for the instrument. He composed twelve fine pieces (two groups of six), which were published by Novello in 1897, as well as he excellent instruction tutorial, "The Organ". It is from this collection that this "Allegretto" is taken from.

This study is designed for practice in using the swell-box, which all know is one of mostest favoritest things to do...

The music is attractive, and could be useful as a voluntary.

The score is attached, as well as 5 photos of Stainer (and his AMAZING hair), and one of his autograph.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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