Ernest Halsey was born in Battersea, London in April of 1876. He was Organist of Anerley Congregational Church, London, around 1903.
Halsey was also a stockbroker. He died at Marylebone, London on June 20th, 1939.
Maybe after the threatening storm in Rêverie the listener goes home with a jaunty stride whistling the main tune of this piece. Don't blame me if the tune sticks in your brain all day too.
It was with real pleasure that I dedicate my two* Halsey uploads to my collaborating partner, Agnus_Dei.
David, your friendship is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to many more shared musical adventures with you!
*First one Berceuse here;
All in Halsey, Ernest Playlist.
Scores to all four pieces here;
Halsey was a humorist, composer, journalist and author.
Halsey claimed authorship under his real name for his music compositions, which consisted of organ works (see his Toccata in C minor on YouTube), church cantatas, anthems, settings of pastoral poems, etc. These serious music works were mainly written between 1898 and 1913, according to his list of works on Amazon. He stopped writing music as his career as Ashley Sterne, the comic journalist, began to take off in 1913.
"Ashley Sterne" was the anagrammic pseudonym of Ernest Halsey (1876-1939). Halsey wrote under the Ashley Sterne by-line for his comic journalism, chiefly for the London Opinion.
Can't resisit this plug;
LISTEN TO THE FABULOUS TOCCATA HERE: