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Croft, William - Voluntary V

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Uploaded by: EdoL (08/25/21)
Composer: Croft, William
Sample Producer: OrganArt Media
Sample Set: 1766 Riepp Heilig-Geist Organ, Ottobeuren, Germany
Software: Hauptwerk VI
Genre: Baroque
The indication in the Editions Outremontaises states this piece to be played on full organ.
As it appears to be a postlude, this seems likely.

The composer, William Croft (1678 - 1727) was educated at the Chapel Royal, under the instruction of John Blow, and remained there until 1698.

Two years after this departure, he became organist of St. Anne's Church, Soho. In 1707, he took over the Chapel Royal's "Master of the Children" post, which had been left vacant by the suicide of Jeremiah Clarke (one of Croft's pupils in this capacity was Maurice Greene).

The following year, Croft succeeded Blow (who had lately died) as organist of Westminster Abbey.

He composed works for the funeral of Queen Anne (1714) and for the coronation of King George I (1715).

One of Croft's most enduring pieces is the hymn tune "St Anne" written to the poem Our God, Our Help in Ages Past by Isaac Watts.
It's melody bears a purely coincidental resemblance to the subject of Bach's Fugue in E flat BWV 552 - often called the "St. Anne" Fugue.

(Composer information by Andrew Grahame)
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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