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The Oxford Book of Lent and Easter Organ Music
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34 pieces for manuals and pedals, suitable for use from Lent through to Pentecost



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34 pieces for manuals and pedals, suitable for use from Lent through to Pentecost Seven brand-new commissions by important names such as David Briggs, Naji Hakim, and Francis Jackson A variety of musical forms, including preludes, toccatas, fanfares, and variations Covers 17th to 21st centuries, from major historic organ composers including Scheidt, Mendelssohn, and Reger, through 20th-century luminaries Harris and Leighton, to contemporary figures such as Malcolm Riley, David Bednall, and Christopher Tambling Original organ compositions plus new arrangements of favourites from Handel's Messiah and J. S. Bach's St Matthew Passion An index of hymn tunes, and pieces arranged in liturgical order The Oxford Book of Lent and Easter Organ Music brings together a superb array of repertoire for use from Ash Wednesday through to Pentecost, providing a comprehensive volume for this extended liturgical period. The piecesÔÇölargely based on well-known hymn tunesÔÇövary in style and length, suiting a range of purposes, from processionals and interludes to voluntaries and recital works. A range of technical difficulty makes the book useful for players of differing abilities, and clean and uncluttered scores leave interpretative decisions to the performer. An invaluable resource for a major part of the church year. Forces or Category Organ (with pedals) Difficulty Moderately difficult to Difficult C. P. E. Bach: Aus der Tiefe rufe ich J. S. Bach: O Mensch, bewein' dein' S├╝nde gross David Bednall: Toccata: Aberystwyth Christian Geist: Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir C. S. Lang: Chorale Prelude: Abridge Kenneth Leighton: Aus der Tiefe C. Hubert H. Parry: Chorale Prelude: Martyrdom J. S. Bach: Valet will ich dir geben Alan Bullard: Prelude: Winchester New Max Reger: Valet will ich dir geben J. S. Bach: Wir setzen uns mit Tr├ñnen nieder Johannes Brahms: Herzliebster Jesu Peter Hurford: Chorale Prelude: Caswall Francis Jackson: Meditation: Love Unknown Felix Mendelssohn: Chorale and Variation: Herzlich tut mich verlangen C. Hubert H. Parry: Chorale Prelude: Rockingham Max Reger: Jesu Leiden, Pein und Tod Leo Sowerby: Prelude: Were you there? Percy Whitlock: Song 13 (Orlando Gibbons) Alexandre Guilmant: Paraphrase on a chorus in Judas Maccabaeus (Handel) Naji Hakim: Variations: O filii et filiae G. F. Handel: I know that my Redeemer liveth, from Messiah William H. Harris: Fantasy: Easter Hymn Philip Moore: Variations: No├½l nouvelet Charles Villiers Stanford: At Easter-tide Healey Willan: Chorale Prelude on a Melody by Melchior Vulpius J. S. Bach: Heut' triumphieret Gottes Sohn David Briggs: Ricercare: Llanfair David Willcocks: Fanfare: Gopsal Dietrich Buxtehude: Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott Richard Popplewell: Chorale Prelude: Down Ampney Malcolm Riley: Chorale Prelude: Hereford Samuel Scheidt: Veni Creator Spiritus Christopher Tambling: Fanfare: Shine, Jesus, Shine
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Catalogue No. N0928
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Every organ loft should have a copy.
This is an essential book, a splendid collection of 34 pieces covering Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. Well-known hymn tunes provide the basis of 29 of them. There are items written especially for this collection, as well as several earlier pieces that I have not seen elsewhere. Inevitably some titles are found in other publications, such as ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’ (here in a new arrangement by Robert Gower), two Preludes (on Rockingham and Martyrdom) by Parry, and Willan’s Prelude on a melody by Melchior Vulpius.
The earlier pieces include an interesting prelude on Aus der Tiefe by C.P.E. Bach worth contrasting with Kenneth Leighton’s 1980 essay on the same tune. Contemporary items include Francis Jackson’s Meditation: Love Unknown, Philip Moore’s Variations: Noel nouvelet, and David Briggs’s Ricercare: Llanfair. I particularly enjoyed Naji Hakim’s Variations: O filii et filiae, well stocked with the hallmarks of his style and a welcome reappearance of the composer after an absence from new music lists. The eye-opener for me was Fanfare: Shine, Jesus, Shine by Christopher Tambling.
This is a winner, a splendid working over of a good tune and an exhilarating piece of organ music. The collection has many uses beyond the period in the title, and every organ loft should have a copy.
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Review by Gregor / (Posted on 29/05/2013)