Today, January 11th is the 65th anniversary of Alec Rowley's death.
I THOUGHT that I had recorded and upload the COMPLETE organ works of Rowley, however, it turns out that there are still a few that I need to do. So, today is a good day to return to the Rowley Riot, hopefully completing the completion. :-)
Alec Rowley was born in London on 13 March 1892, teacher, composer, organist, pianist, lecturer and writer, who studied at the RAM with Frederick Corder and where he won sundry scholarships and prizes. He was an organist at several London churches including, during the Second World War, St Margaret's, Westminster. He died on 11 January 1958 while playing tennis.
Rowley was a superb teacher, who did much to assist the student. Unfortunately, this labeled him as a "writer of children's music" in the eyes of some.
He was a fine organist, have gained his FRCO by the time he was 16. His largest organist position was at St. Alban's, Teddington, a large and important church. It was during his time at this church that Rowley married and then divorced. Divorce for someone working in the church was not tolerated, and Rowley was forced to leave his position.
"Three Scenes from the Boyhood of Christ." Published in 1953 by Novello & Company Limited, these pieces were originally written for orchestra, but were arranged for the organ by the composer.
Detailed musical notes and timings for the three works can be found in the First Comment.
MORE Rowley coming soon, including some major works!
The score is attached below, as well as numerous photos of Alec Rowley from various stages in his life.