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March founded on the Chorale "Ein' feste Burg"

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (02/07/21)
Composer: Fletcher, Percy Eastman
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
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."

"March founded on the Chorale 'Ein' feste Burg''" is found in "Hymn-Tune Voluntaries Part I", published by J. Curwen & Sons Ltd. in 1906.

This rather interesting fanfare-march is of course based upon Martin Luther's (1483-1546) famous hymn, the text and tune having been composed by him.

Since Fletcher is not "burdened" by things such as the "cathedral tradition", his settings are all quite fresh, colorful, and even entertaining. Since he has written these for "optional pedals," a fair amount of "filling out" is required by the performer in order to achieve an effect like this one.

This one is a real crowd-pleaser, especially if you can really "roll it" down the nave, as I've tried to do here. :-)

The score and a photo of Percy Fletcher are attached below.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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