Leonard Butler (1869-1943) was born in Dorking and died near St. Austell in Cornwall.
He was a pupil of Dr W. S. Hoyte (Organist of All Saint's Margaret Street, London), and of Dr. Ebenezer Prout, who was the uncle and organ teacher of the well-known John. E (beenezer) West.
He served as organist of St. Paul’s, Kilburn Square, London, and of St. Peter’s, Bayswater, London.
"Allegretto grazioso" was published by Novello and is dedicated: "To my Father".
It's another one of these "pretty pieces" that may make you relax as if you were floating down a stream, and gazing at the fluffy clouds in a blue sky.
There is nothing within it to bring stress or anxiety, and that, is a good thing in the lives that we live.
THANKS to Dr. John Henderson for the score, which is attached below.
If you like this piece by Butler, you really should check out his "At Nightfall (Nocturne)", which is the ultimate piece of it's type. :-)
I found no photos of Leonard Butler, but did find photos of the two churches were he served, and these are attached, however, both have suffered sad fates.
St. Paul's Kilburn Square was demolished in the 1930s. You'll see a photo of the church as it was, and the new "improved" scenario as it is today.
St. Peter's Bayswater is a magnificent Anglo-Catholic building that proudly states has no organ or traditional choir. Rather, you can now rock and roll with their praise band and Gospel choir...