Organ Miniatures / Ingrid Austin, Merrowyn Deacon, Rhys Boak, Colin Jenkins, John Maynard
The collection of pieces on this recording represents a small sample of works deliberately composed for small pipe organs and harmoniums. In addition there are pieces which sound convincing on large or small organs. We have chosen a pipe organ which has a fairly standard stop specification, but a very resourceful tonal design. Not all of the compositions are dependent on specific tone colours, and can be musically enjoyable on other keyboard instruments.
Until the middle of the 19th century, the national organ playing mode in England, Italy and cultures influenced by the tastes of these countries revolved around music for modest one and two manual pipe organs, either without a pedal division or a pedal department with an octave of bass notes. Although France, Germany and Holland have had monumental liturgical organ pieces for approximately 500
years, quality miniatures have also been created in that time. Complete collections of pieces for the harmonium were written by 19th and 20th century mainstream organ composers, notably from France and Germany. The Baroque revival in the 20th century resulted in a renewed interest in one manual chamber organs, inspiring contemporary composers to produce suitable pieces.
Built in 1882 by T.C. Lewis, the organ in St George's Uniting Church East St Kilda represents Lewis at the height of his artistic achievement. He had already built large instruments for St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, St Peter's, Eaton Square, London, Glasgow Public Hall and Ripon Cathedral. Later he completed major instruments for St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne, Southwark Cathedral and Glasgow Art Gallery.
In 1935 Frederick Taylor added a string division which he called Choir, and built a new console with tubular pneumatic action. George Fincham and Sons added the Choir Clarinet in 1948. Australian Pipe Organs changed the action to electro-pneumatic and partially restored the rest of the organ in 1996.
Flute Piece Hine
In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr J.C. Bach
Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein J.C. Bach
Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstein J.C. Bach
Trumpet Voluntary Dupuis
Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist Buxtehude
O welt, ich muss dich lassen Walther
Andante Tranquillo Gluck
Plein Jeu du Mage
Fugue in C Major Buxtehude
O welt, ich muss dich lassen Reger
Herzlich thut mich erfreuen Brahms
O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen Brahms
Il est né le divin Enfant Roques
Preludes 3, 5 & 22 Nielsen
Church Preludes 1 and 3 A.E. Floyd
Trumpet Voluntary Gordon Young
A Fragment Moneta Eagles
The Silver Stars are in the Sky Robert Ampt
Carol of the Birds Robert Ampt
Paean Ð A Song of Triumph Oliphant Chuckerbutty
Introit in D Minor Alan Ridout
Merifield Janet Correll
Christus Gordon Young
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