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I - Intrada (Miniature Suite)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (10/29/12)
Composer: Ireland, John
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Late Romantic
John Ireland (1879-1962) wrote only a small number of works for the organ, but his life centered around the instrument, more than might be imagined from the modest output for the instrument.

As a student at the Royal College of Music he was a student of Charles V. Stanford, and the organ was Ireland's second study. He took lessons from Sir Walter Parratt (later Organist of St. George's, Windsor), and spent several years as his teacher's assistant at Holy Trinity, Sloane Street.

Ireland later served as organist of St. Luke's, Chelsea, and was devoted to the Anglo-Catholic ritual there.

As a composer, he was active in many formats, and his organ music for the most part dates from the early part of his career. His last compostion was the "Mediatation on John Keble's Rogationtide Hymn," and dates from 1958.

His liturgical works include the famous anthem, "Greater love hath no man, as well as the Communion Service in C, and the Morning and Evening Service in F.

The "Miniature Suite" dates from 1944, and was originally published by Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew Ltd.

The first movement, "Intrada" is a flowing movement in the "prelude" form. It uses the smaller 8' stops of the Great, coupled to the Swell "through Oboe." The "miniature full swell" makes a brief appearance, before the piece ends quietly.

I avoided the temptation of going to the strings and 32' at the end... ;-)
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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