hot musings from helland

Even though one of my classes was canceled due to the rescheduling of classes in air conditioned studios, I found myself pretty exhausted at the end of the day, yesterday. It has been incredibly hot here and I did walk back and forth to Ballet from home in 110 degree heat.

Early in the day, I spent time at the organ choosing music for this Sunday. Our closing hymn is “Lord dismiss us with they blessing’ to the usual tune of SICILIAN MARINERS. I was surprised to find a pretty lovely Intermezzo based on this tune by Fruhauf in my library. I have looked at his work before and find it uneven in quality and sometimes lengthy. It will require a tad bit of rehearsal but I think it will be nice for Sunday.

For the postlude I landed on an obscure (at least to me) composer, John Garth. It’s in a copy of “The Organist’s Companion” edited by Wayne Leupold. I bought this copy of the mag (Vol 19, No 3, March 1997) used to see just what these were like. Not terribly good, but not too bad. I might purchase more if I find them cheap.

Anyway, according to the blurb in the mag, Garth was born in 1722 in Durham England and died in London in 1810. ┬áHe “was active in County Durham and is known to have been an organist in Sedgefield.” There are a few more details on Wikipedia including the fact that he edited Marcello’s huge work on the Psalms.

The voluntary starts out with a pretty blah adagio (as English voluntaries do). The Allegro that follows is a charming two part dance that redeems the piece. It will make a good postlude even though everyone leaves as quickly as possible and talks and ignores the music much like the end of a movie.

I also received a box of used music I bought from Craig Cramer yesterday. It didn’t have too much exciting in it. I was disappointed in the 5 anthologies I bought edited by the great English dude, C.H. Trevor. I was hoping they would have some English gems in them. Instead it’s pretty much stuff I already own in better editions (e.g. Walther, Krebs, Guilmant).

I did get a book Organ Voluntaries by Matthew Locke (1621-1627). I purchased this primarily because I have a quasi-son-in-law with the same name.

Matthew Locke
Matthew Locke

See a resemblance?

Also a very interesting book of piano pieces called “Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora.”

I do not recognize any of the composers even though they seem to be important mid 20th Century types. Florence B. Price was the first female African-American composer (according to the notes in the book).

There is a jazzy piece in this anthology by her called “Nimble Feet” from a larger work called Dances in the Canebrakes.

All of the music I have read through in this book so far has a popular jazz influence. Some of it looks dryer than that. I will use it to check out composers I haven’t heard of and see if I can find some interesting music that is new to me.

Have to quit. No links again today kids. I have more ballet classes filling up the day today.

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