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Postlude, Op. 27, No. 3

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (02/03/21)
Composer: Fletcher, Percy Eastman
Sample Producer: Audio Angelorum
Sample Set: Peterborough Cathedral Hill
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Early 20th century
Percy Eastman Fletcher, was born in Derby on 12 December 1879 and died on 10 December 1932 at the early age of 52. He took lessons on violin, piano and organ, the former being his most important instrument. Like a number of his composer contemporaries, he made his living as a Musical Director in the London theater world, fulfilling this position successively at the Prince of Wales, Savoy, Daly's, Drury Lane and from, 1915 until his death, His Majesty's Theatre.

His creative activity was however by no means confined to the theater. There were ballads and songs, ad a considerable amount for chorus,as well as sacred works, "The Passion of Christ" (1922), one of the best of those sacred cantatas for small church choirs.

Fletcher wrote a large number of suites for light orchestras, and many fine, now forgotten, orchestral works.

Most of Fletcher's piano music was arranged from orchestral scores, but there are several fine works, originally for piano solo.

He also composed quite widely for organ. An Interlude of 1901 is probably his earliest dated publication, while later works include the two most famous of his organ works, both dating from 1915, "Festival Toccata" and the always exquisite, "Fountain Reverie."

"Three Pieces, Op. 27" were published by Novello in 1901.

"Postlude" is the third of the set and is dedicated: "To John Curran, Esq. F.R.C.O."

Marked "Allegro pomposo" and in the key of F major, this work is quite fine and vigorous. It is in A-B-A form, the central section being quieter and lyrical, but not slower than the framing sections.

This one is an ideal closing voluntary.

These three pieces don't need to be "filled out" as some of the other Fletcher pieces. They are certainly of the "church type," but if combined could make for a nice "suite" on a recital program.

The score, courtesy of John Henderson, is attached below, as well as a photo of Percy Eastman Fletcher.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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