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2009 February

2009 February

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This issue takes a step back in time to another desperate era in the world of organs and music: the Commonwealth. Musicians being musicians still survived and Dominic Gwynn takes an anecdotal look at how this happened, particularly in Worcester. Gerald Gilford takes a more scholarly approach and introduces the range of material stored in the Founder’s Collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Martin Souter introduces three English pieces from the extended period in his Ibu Can Play This article. As February sees the Mendelssohn centenary, Peter Dyke and Hilary Norris discuss the similarities between the Mendelssohn Six Sonatas and the Bach Clavierübung III.

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This issue takes a step back in time to another desperate era in the world of organs and music: the Commonwealth. Musicians being musicians still survived and Dominic Gwynn takes an anecdotal look at how this happened, particularly in Worcester. Gerald Gilford takes a more scholarly approach and introduces the range of material stored in the Founder’s Collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Martin Souter introduces three English pieces from the extended period in his You Can Play This article. As February sees the Mendelssohn centenary, Peter Dyke and Hilary Norris discuss the similarities between the Mendelssohn Six Sonatas and the Bach Clavierübung III.

Also, Stephen Cleobury has supplied two articles. Although by now Christmas is already a dim and distant memory, the first is about the history and preparation of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and the second about how to plan an interesting organ recital — useful information yet rarely taught.

Returning to this issue’s subject, the centre-page spread is of the gloriously Baroque chapel at Great Witley, an early instrument from this period. The cover shot, taken by Mike Gutteridge, is of Derby Cathedral,
quasi-classical in its design.

 

PAGE 7: Organ music in the Founder’s Collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Gerald Gifford

PAGE 15: Mendelssohn’s Six Sonatas for Organ: the case for an influence from Bach’s Clavierübung III Peter Dyke and Hilary Norris

PAGE 21: How organs and organists survived the Commonwealth Dominic Gwynn

PAGE 28: Building on tradition Dr Helen Smith

PAGE 31: Where is thy zeal? Dr Christopher Maxim

PAGE 38: Preparing for A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols Stephen Cleobury

PAGE 43: A Hill refreshed Paul Hale

PAGE 46: Sprechen Sie Franglais? John Norman

PAGE 48: Choirmasters’ questions No. 1: personal relationships Dr John Bertalot

PAGE 50: Help save a pipe organ

PAGE 53: Organ-ise puts Worcester Quire organ at heart of community

PAGE 54: NPOR news Nicholas Watkins

PAGE 59: You can play this Martin Souter

PAGE 68: The planning and presentation of an organ recital Stephen Cleobury

PAGE 71: CD reviews

PAGE 82: Music reviews

PAGE 92: DVD reviews

PAGE 93: Book reviews

PAGE 94: Continuo

PAGE 95: Association events

PAGE 99: Association News

PAGE 104: Letters

PAGE 106: Closing thoughts

PAGE 107: Crossword

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