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A Stanford Organ Album A Stanford Organ Album is the latest Organ collection from Oxford University Press. A superb volume comprising of a selection of twenty pieces by Charles Villiers Stanford, the hugely influential composer, conductor, and teacher from the late-Victorian and Edwardian age. Providing the repertoire-hungry organist with preludes, postludes, and shorter descriptive works, suitable for either liturgical or recital use.

The album grants a broader overview of the music of Charles Villiers Stanford than an album exclusively devoted to his organ compositions would have allowed. The tradition of creating practical arrangements for new instruments and giving works new life was typical of Stanford’s time and is celebrated in this volume. Alongside new editions of original organ repertoire, there are newly commissioned arrangements of selected choral and piano works, exploring a wide variety of textures and atmospheres. These new arrangements of little-known orchestral, choral, and piano pieces are presented alongside some carefully selected organ works.

The music reflects Stanford’s lyricism and dramatic flair, as well as his considerable compositional and technical range. Stanford composed prolifically, and for a wide range of abilities. This is reflected in this album, providing a Gradus ad Parnassum, a progression that leads from beginners’ pieces to virtuoso recital works. This collection features pieces from the canonical Six Short Preludes and Postludes, and Six Preludes, plus notable new discoveries, acknowledging Stanford’s long association with the organ, and his life as an organist-composer.

Contents include original organ compositions: Andante con moto: founded on an Irish Church Melody (St Columba), Prelude on Tallis's Canon, Allegro: on a Theme of Orlando Gibbons (Song 22) , At Eventide, Andante Tranquillo, and Te Deum laudamus: Fantasia. Arrangements include: A Concert Suite, Three Sketches, The Bluebird, A Soliloquy, Saraband, and Allegro con fuoco (A Song of Battle).

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About the editor

Edited by John Scott Whiteley, Organ Emeritus of York Minster, a soloist who has performed all over the world, known for introducing the organ to a wider audience though the BBC television series 21st-Century Bach. In addition to performing, his time is spent examining, transcribing, composing, and writing. He is also Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, the Academic Adviser to the Orgelbüchlein project, and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Musicians. His expert knowledge can be clearly seen in this edition.

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