John Pullein FRCO (b. 1878) was born in Lincoln in 1878, the son of William Pullein and Hannah Rose. His father was a Professor of Music.
His three younger brothers, William Rose Pullein, Frank Pullein and Ernest Pullein were also organists.
He was in the choir of Lincoln Cathedral as a boy, and then an articled pupil of G.J. Bennett and then assistant organist.
In addition, he held appointments at St. Helen's Church, Willingham by Stow, at St. Swithin's Church, Lincoln (1896 - 1903), at St. Peter's Church, Harrogate (1903 - 1917) and then as Organist of St. Mary's Cathedral (Episcopal) in Glasgow.
He composed some secular music, but wrote mostly liturgical music for the church and organ.
"Short Piece in E-flat Major" was published by Paxton in 1908 as part of "The Organ Loft" series, where it appears as No. 137. It is dedicated: "To Dr. J. Varley Roberts."
John Varley Roberts (1841-1920) was organist of Magdalen College, Oxford, and a leading figure of his day.
I think it would be hard to find a "nicer" work, than this "short piece." The flow is admirable, and the melodic appeal is direct and sincere, but always effective and interesting.
Your chief difficulty here will be managing the registration changes, which must be seamless and almost imperceptible to be successful.
A VERY nice piece. :-)
The score is attached below, courtesy of Dr. John Henderson. Also attached are photos of the J. Varley Roberts, the dedicatee, and one of Lincoln Cathedral where Pullein was a chorister and Assistant Organist, and one of the organ of St. Mary's Cathedral, which is an important instrument, now undergoing an extensive and expensive restoration.
More obscure treasures from "The Organ Loft," and LOTS of things as well, coming soon!