|From 06 - 21 November 2004|
Glebe Music Festival
In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc
The restoration of the Forster and Andrew's organ was
completed in 1994.
1. Toccata and Fugue in the Dorian Mode J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Bach wrote the bulk of his organ works when he was a
church organist in Weimar from 1708 to 1717. "This is a master-piece
in his third style - a return to the early virtuosity now raised to a
higher power and dignity. This is one of the few pieces we possess in
which he records (probably for a pupil) his own ideas of colouring. Few
modern organs however approximate either in scheme or tone at all closely
to those used by Bach." (A. Eaglefield Hull).
This fugue consists of 222 bars - the longest of the master-works for organ or keyboard. Because of the respective lengths and number of repetitions of the subject and counter-subject, Prof. Karl Hochreither of Berlin advocates legato playing for the former and a rhythmical accentuation of the drop of a fifth at the end of the second.
2. Vesper Voluntaries for the Organ Op. 14 (1891) Edward
Elgar ( 1857-1934 )
3. Seven Sketches for Organ (on verses from the Psalms)
Percy Whitlock (1903-1946 )
4. Six Sonatas for Organ. Op. 65 No. 4 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
5. Sonata No. 1 in C minor. Second Movement Herbert
Herbert Howells was articled to Sir Herbert Brewer, Organist of Gloucester Cathedral, in 1909 at the age of 17. Among Brewer's other articled pupils was Ivor Davies, better known as Ivor Novello. It was during this time that Howells wrote his first organ sonata but therafter it became lost until only 7 years ago when Robin Wells and Graham Matthews painstakingly produced this edition and Matthews recorded it on CD. It had its first performance here on the organ of St John's Church, Bishopthorpe, in July 1992. A year later it was played in St Andrew's Cathedral.
6. Tuba Tune Norman Cocker (1889-1953)
Norman Cocker spent his entire career in Manchester
where in his very retiring way he happily played in the Cathedral and
also in a local cinema. He is remembered for this piece alone but who
could forget him when he modulates from two sharps to six and back in
24 bars! Our "tuba stop" for today must perforce consist of
most of the Great stops in combination.