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Prelude (Prelude, Intermezzo and Epilogue)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (07/12/12)
Composer: Slater, Gordon
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Post-Romantic
Gordon Archbold Slater (1896-1979) was organist of St, Botolph's Church, Boston (UK) from 1919-1927, of Leicester Cathedral from 1927-1931, and of Lincoln Cathedral from 1931-1966).

As a composer he wrote solo songs, solo works for organ and piano, choral songs, and a quantity of church music.

He is probably best-known for his hymntune, "St. Botolph," which is often sung to the text of "We walk by faith and not by sight," in the US, and to "Jesu, the very thought of thee," in the UK.

"Prelude, Intermezzo and Epilogue" date from 1960, and we're published by Novello as #20 in its "Organ Music Club" series. It is dedicated to Charles Peaker, who was English born, but who made his career in Canada.

I've had this piece for a long time, but only decided to learn it a few days ago, since it didn't "look" that hard...

Well, it didn't...

The first movement, "Prelude" is a delightful pastorale-like movement in the key of B-flat. I've used the 8' and 4' flutes of the Swell and Great, as the composer has requested. The 8' Open Diapason is also there to strengthen and define the lower textures, although it disappears at the end of the movement.

It's light, bright, and flowing, and it's easy to picture an English meadow in early spring, complete with a little brook flowing by! :-)
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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