William Faulkes (1863-1933), composer,
organist, pianist, arranger, recitalist, teacher, chamber musician, conductor, musical organizer. Remarkably, for a composer so fluent and prolific, Faulkes was consistently omitted from the major dictionaries of music. From time to time, he is found in smaller more specific dictionaries at times, and is sometimes described as a leader of the modern English school of organ playing; or a leading composer of the English romantic school of organ playing.
Born in Liverpool, at the age of 10 became a chorister at St. Margaret's Church, Anfield, which was the largest brick church in England, and had the largest organ in Liverpool. At the age of 18, he was appointed organist of St. John's, Tue Brook, and five years later returned to St. Margaret's. He had a fine all-male (all volunteer) choir, and the level of musical excellence at the church was significant. As an organist, he was a brilliant performer, and earned the admiration of the leading British organist of the time, W. T. Best.
"Marche Nuptiale" was published by G. Schirmer in 1902. Written in the march format of A-B-A with a brief Coda, I think you'll find quite a few unexpected turns and pleasing surprises in this one, particularly in the...
Well, I leave it for you to find out. :-)
To be honest, I was fresh out of Faulkes, and was looking for something to do, largely just to finally arrive at my 3,000 upload. However, I think this is one of the best "wedding marches" I've played or heard, and the Peterborough Hill is perfect for it.
The score is attached below, as well photos of William Faulkes, plus a "new" and better one of St. Margaret's Church, Anfield.
This takes me to 3,000 uploads. I'm grateful to all who listen and comment, and especially for the friendship and support that I've found here.
Those who are in close contact with me know that I struggle with severe nerve pain and horrendous hearing loss, so, I'm especially thankful to them.
Peace to All.