18th-century English Organ Music, Volume 4

18th-century English Organ Music, Volume 4 : A graded anthology

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This four-volume anthology contains a sparkling selection of pieces and represents all the major composers of the period. It includes pieces in all the main genres, with Cornet and Trumpet Voluntaries, Echo Voluntaries, fugal works with slow introductions, and Full Voluntaries; as such, the collection offers a wide range of attractive music suitable for both church and recital use. Each volume contains an extended Introduction, with information on instruments of the period, registration, ornamentation, and notes on the composers. An important feature of the collection is an editorial realization of the cadenzas which occur at key points in some of the pieces; these complete the works and demonstrate how they would have been performed at the time. With extended historical information and a wonderful array of pieces carefully edited from original sources, this is a major collection that will be of interest to organists of all abilities.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 64 pages
  • 230 x 310 x 5mm | 244g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193389185
  • 9780193389182
  • 996,399

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The books are graded. One problem with music of this genre is that often it looks easy to sight-read, but, for an authentic and accurate performance, even the simplest pieces need proper preparation; those here are no exception. The introduction to each volume is of great help. The pieces cover a wide range of composers, with some familiar names - Handel, Boyce, Hook, Dupuis for example - and others less familiar: Broderip, Garth, Burney, Linley, to name a few.
Wherever you look, there is plenty that will please as voluntaries and in concert, and also that is ideal for filling up those uncertain gaps whilst waiting for a tardy bride. Beautifully produced as usual, this collection is a worthy addition to the many collections of 18th century English organ music
published since C. H. Trevor's pioneering books. * Trevor Webb, RSCM, October 14 * The undertaking, which must have spanned many years, provides us with a feast of treasures . . . There are few weak moments in this magnum opus and I would urge all keyboard performers to obtain it upon publication . . . My congratulations to all concerned in this exciting and significant addition to the repertoire. * Andrew Fletcher, Organists' Review, September 2013 * Ever heard any music by George Green, Jonas Blewitt, or Robert Broderip? No, neither had I until I thumbed through the volumes of this newly published anthology of English pieces . . . Don't be deceived by the comparatively simple (usually sight-readable) notes and light textures. Playing this repertoire well calls for careful articulation and a sense of period style. A good tracker touch would be particularly beneficial. As you would expect, OUP's layout and print
clarity is excellent. Put these volumes alongside your Stanley and Handel volumes, and you will have an excellent collection of English voluntaries to choose from whenever your feet need a rest, and your listeners need a break from (your possibly limited?) 16' Pedal stops! * Martin Setchell, Organz News Vol. 50 *
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Table of contents

Introduction ; Voluntary in D major, 10 Voluntaries for the Organ or Harpsichord, No. 10 ; Voluntary in C minor, 6 Voluntaries for Organ, Harpsichord, etc., No. 6 ; Cornet Piece in A major, 6 Cornet Pieces, No. 2 ; Voluntary in Bb major, Op. 4 No. 4 ; Voluntary in C minor, Op. 8 No. 19 ; Voluntary in D major, Op. 1 No. 1 ; Voluntary in E major, 6 Voluntarys for the Organ, Pianoforte or Harpsichord, No. 4 ; Sonata in Bb major, Op. 4 No. 4 ; Voluntary in G major, Op. 5 No. 4 ; Fuga in F major, 6 Fuges [sic] with Introductory Voluntarys for the Organ or Harpsichord ; Voluntary in D, 12 Voluntaries for the Organ or Harpsichord, No. 3 ; Voluntary in G major, Op. 37 No. 2 ; Piece in F, A Second Set of Select Pieces for the Organ, No. 7 ; Voluntary in D major, Op. 8 No. 1 ; Editorial Notes and Sources
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About David Patrick

David Patrick was a pupil of and assistant to Harold Darke at St Michael's, Cornhill, London from 1959 to 1966, during which time he gave many recitals and was awarded a Fellowship of Trinity College, London. Since then he has firmly established himself as a recital organist, accompanist (organ, harpsichord, and piano), and conductor throughout the UK and Europe. He has also made several recordings of organ music. He founded and runs the music publishing company
Fitzjohn Music Publications, which has an extensive catalogue of keyboard, vocal, and choral music, including many editions of 18th- and 19th-century organ music. He is also a choral director and adjudicator at numerous festivals and competitions in the UK and overseas.
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