British Organ Music of the Twentieth Century

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Scarecrow Press, 2003 - Music - 416 pages
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This is the first book-length survey of 20th -century British music for solo organ. Beginning with a discussion of British organ music in the last decades of the Victorian era, the book focuses on the pieces that the composers wrote, their musical style, possible influences on the composition of specific works, and the details of their composition. Arranged in chronological order according to date of birth are detailed studies on important composers that made especially significant contributions to organ music including Parry, Stanford, Healey Willan, Herbert Howells, Percy Whitlock, Francis Jackson, Peter Racine Fricker, Arthur Wills, and Kenneth Leighton. Composers' biographies, the role of organs and organ building developments, influential political and sociological events, and aesthetic aspects of British musical life are also discussed in detail. In the concluding chapter, the author discusses the major phases and achievements of the century and gauges what may lie ahead in the new millennium. A comprehensive Catalog of Works provides titles of works, dates of composition, details of publishers, and the dates of publication. More than 60 music examples, 12 black and white photos, and an up-to-date bibliography are included.
 

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Contents

British Organ Music at the Dawn of the Century
1
Hubert Parry
4
Charles Stanford
19
Basil Harwood
28
The Pivotal Role of the Royal College of Music Walter Alcock and Charles Wood
45
William Faulkes William Wolstenholme Alfred Hollins and Edwin Lemare
52
Ralph Vaughan Williams and Frank Bridge
66
Edward Bairstow
77
Peter Fricker
228
Arthur Wills
241
Kenneth Leighton
259
Malcolm Williamson
276
AvantGarde Program Music after 1950
288
Maxwell Davies
305
William Mathias
314
Alan Ridout
330

John Ireland William Harris and Harold Darke
91
Healey Willan
105
Herbert Howells
122
Percy Whitlock
143
Celebratory Music
163
New Wine in Old Bottles
174
Three Midcentury Composers of Gebrauchsmusik Alec Rowley Eric Thiman and William Lloyd Webber
185
Francis Jackson
196
Serialism
215
Roman Catholic Organ Music and Colin Mawby
340
The Path Taken in the Twentieth Century and a Look at What May Lie Ahead
352
Catalogue of Works
356
Music Acknowledgments
395
Bibliography
398
Index
404
About the Author
416
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Peter Hardwick is Principal Organist and Choirmaster, Church of the Master, Toronto, Canada.

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