Organist combines power with rhythmic ability
FOR the Lent Term series of lunchtime recitals Mark Lee, the director of music, has compiled a varied programme of music involving organists, pianists, singers and a piano trio whilst the last one in March will show the considerable musical talents of Redland High School for Girls .
David leads a full life as both composer and organist and the pinnacle of his performance was playing the mighty organ at Notre Dame de Paris. His programme consisted of works by German and English composers opening with a short piece by Bach before two contrasting works based on the chorale How Lovely Shines The Morning Star.
Sigfrid Karg-Elert was a German Composer famed for his organ music and his version was composed in 1877.
Previously this chorale had been used in an Epiphany carol The Three Kings by Cornelius.
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This gentle and expressive setting is in complete contrast to that by Max Reger which has constructed a monument that bears the strength of the new industrial age.
Completed in 1938 it was dedicated to John Dyes Bower who was at that time organist at St Pauls.
It opens with varied rhythm before building up to a double forte.
It was here that David showed his powerful and rhythmic ability before the piece ends quietly.
John Ireland's Alla Marcia was a strident item before the beautiful Villanella and two more offerings from English composers included the magisterial coronation march from William Walton, Crown Imperial with its grand opening and pleasant tune in the middle. This was a suitable conclusion to a fine recital.