I am uploading all the Fourteen Original Pieces in stages. These are early two stave works and were published in Vol 14 of The Cabinet Organ Books.
Fine examples of English organ miniatures, short but packed with opportunities for dynamic shading and creative changes of registration
Bertram Luard-Selby (12 February 1853 – 26 December 1918) was an English composer and cathedral organist. As an organist, he served in Salisbury Cathedral and Rochester Cathedral. As a composer, he wrote prolifically for the church, the concert-hall and the theatre.
Luard-Selby was born at Ightham Mote, Kent. Like his contemporary Basil Harwood, he came from a landed aristocratic family. His birth place was a medieval house surrounded by a moat and now in the care of the National Trust.
He studied the organ at the Leipzig Conservatoire, and was organist at, successively, St. Barnabas, Marylebone, and Highgate School (1876); Salisbury Cathedral (1881); St. John's, Torquay, 1884; and St. Barnabas, Pimlico, 1887. He was appointed organist of Rochester Cathedral on the death of the incumbent, John Hopkins, in 1900, and held the post until 1916, when he took a post at Bradfield College. He was the musical editor of Hymns Ancient and Modern, published in 1904. He also gave chamber music concerts in London in the 1880s.
He composed two school cantatas; chamber music including two piano quintets; a piano quartet; three sonatas for violin and piano; and many songs and part-songs. His church music includes two settings of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, 16 anthems, and a number of pieces for the organ.
Among Luard-Selby's orchestral works were Village Suite, which premiered at the Henry Wood Proms in 1908, and a short operetta "Weather or No' which was used as a curtain raiser for the Mikado in 1896.
Luard-Selby died in Brigg, Lincolnshire at the age of 65.