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Romance (Twelve Melodious Pieces, Op. 26, No. 1)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (08/11/20)
Composer: Driffield, E. Townshend
Sample Producer: Audio Angelorum
Sample Set: Peterborough Cathedral Hill
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
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Edward Townshend Driffield was born in Prescot, near Liverpool, on December 10, 1851, and died at Ormskirk on Nov. 15th, 1925.

He was organist of Christ Church, Claughton, Birkenhead, and a solicitor in Tranmere.

"Twelve Melodious Pieces" were published by E. Donajowski, London, and are inscribed to him. They are solid, well-written, conservative pieces. While they are not "ground breakers" in anyway, they do have variety and color, and show the organ in a way that simply put, sounds good!

The quality varies throughout, but all of them, at least as far as I've gone, are solid, and some are very effective. I'll plan to do the whole set of twelve, uploading them in groups of three.

"Romance" is the first work in the collection. In the key of C major, it is marked "Adagio," although it's flowing and feels quicker than what one would think of what an adagio feels like.

This is a long-spun, "violin-like" solo, directed to be played upon the Oboe stop. It was necessary to "play around a bit" in order to get as much dynamic expression required, but I think the outcome is successful.

The score, courtesy of Dr. John Henderson, is attached below.

Also attached is a photo of Christ Church, Claughton, Birkenhead, where Driffield was organist. I have no photos of him, but I did find one of his grave, which is in St. Luke's Churchyard, Formby, Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside.

Since I already did the sixth of these, "Cantilène, Op. 26, No. 6," I won't repeat it, but you can find it here:

https://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/music/38738
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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