As some of you might know, I really love the Armley Schulze sampleset and I thought about another little project to demonstrate the lovely colours of this instrument (like I did with Regers Op.135a).
So ... this is Nr.1 (of 20) of Opus 55 by J.G. Herzog.
Johann Georg Herzog (1822 - 1909), German organist and composer, was born in Hummendorf, near Kronach, 5 Aug 1822; he died in Munich, 3 Feb 1909. He was educated at Altdorf and followed his career first in Munich, where in 1843 he became organist and in 1848 Kantor at the Evangelical church. From 1850 he also taught the organ at the conservatory; Rheinberger was one of his pupils.
I wanted to play some more Herzog repertoire on the Armley Schulze, because ... well, because I really like both of them a lot: Herzogs music and the Armley Schulze ... and the combination of them too!
About Herzogs Opus 55: on the front page of the edition I used it's described as "XX meist leicht ausführbare Orgelstücke zum Gebrauche beim Gottesdienste sowie zum Studium in musikalischen Lehranstalten."
I must say: sometimes it sounds quiet simple, but some pieces are not so easy as they may seem and did cost some hard work to get them 'publish-able' ;-)
I think the repertoire speaks for itself, as does the Schulze instrument, lovely as it is. Sometimes I decided to differ from the indicated registrations, or add manual changes or use the swell box. I tried several options and chose the one that felt best (to me).
Well, I hope you'll enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed to study these lovely pieces!
Questions and remarks are very welcome (as always).