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Introduction And Variations On A Ground Bass

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Uploaded by: jerrymartin (09/05/23)
Composer: Battison Haynes
Sample Producer: Beauty In Sound
Sample Set: Romsey Abbey
Software: Hauptwerk VIII
Genre: Romantic
One of his two large-scale works, the Introduction and Variations on a Ground Bass was published in 1889 by Novello. It follows a well-established form with a commanding introduction, followed by statement of the ground bass theme in the pedals. The characteristic harmony and charm of Haynes is seen throughout with opportunity to explore the colour stops of the English organ. The variations begin in simple rhythm featuring crotchets and progressing through quavers, triplet-quavers, and finally "bursting out in semiquavers" - you will see what I mean! The composer dedicates this work to "my Friend C.W. Perkins Esq. organist of the Town Hall Birmingham"

Walter Battison Haynes (21 November 1859 – 16 February 1900) was an English pianist, organist and composer. Although he died at a young age, his influence on the development of the English Victorian organ style was significant. He made the pilgrimage to Leipzig and on his return became a Professor of Harmony and Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. He was highly sought after as a teacher, and two of his best known students were Charles Macpherson and Harry Farjeon.

Here is some more background information on Haynes, and his fantastic Organ Sonata Op. 11

The Score for this work is currently published by Novello:

The sampleset is that of the fantastic organ of Romsey Abbey, built by JW Walker in 1858. This is the first sampleset by Beauty in Sound, and Richard has taken all the care that we have come to trust in his recording of the organ in the space using the best modern techniques. I recorded this performance using the "Choir Stalls" mixer preset, and other than slight balancing for a stereo mix for Youtube, have left the settings "out of the box"
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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