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Tableaux for Christmas

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Uploaded by: jerrymartin (12/04/22)
Composer: Young, Gordon
Sample Producer: Llanerch Organs
Sample Set: Blackburn Cathedral
Software: Hauptwerk VII
Genre: Modern
The Tableaux for Christmas is published by the Theodore Presser Co in 1974. Gordon Young dedicates it to Diane Bish, and comments that it is "freely based on traditional carols"

I found this last year and had planned to record and play it for Christmas this year - and with the arrival of Blackburn Cathedral sampleset, I had exactly the kind of colourful instrument that lets this music shine!

There are six movements, each setting the scene for the Christmas Spectacle. Often wistful, and evoking a sense of longing, the movements that lead up to the final "Joy to the World" are very accessible, but reward digging into the registration and expression.

0:00 1. The Kings
0:43 2. The Rose
2:41 3. The Child
4:51 4. Shepherd's Pipe
5:54 5. The Manger
7:11 6. Joy to the World


Note: this organ has astonishing dynamic range, right up to the Imperial Trumpet used in the last movement - the gain/volume is the same for the first five movements, but I had to reel it in so as to avoid clipping in the upload for the finale :)
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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