Centenary Celebrations
Lunchtime Concerts
Organ Recital

Organist: Rex Latter

5th May 2010

Rex Latter playing the Hele Organ

Podcast Recording

 

Recital

 

Programme

Three Pieces  Desmond Ratcliffe (1917 - )
I Prelude
II Interlude
III Postlude
Three short contrasting pieces, the first two lyrical and reflective, the third bold and triumphant, with a quieter middle section.

Invention Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
A lively, yet tuneful little piece from the composer of “Rule Britannia”

Adagio in G minor Remo Giazotto (1910-1998)
on a theme of Albinoni (1671-1751)
This is popularly known as “Albinoni’s Adagio” although Albinoni himself composed only the first few bars. By far, the bulk of the work was done by Giazotto.

Watching the Wheat trad.
Although the true origin is uncertain, this gentle little tune appeared in one of the first books of Welsh Songs & Ancient Airs of Gwent and Morganwg.

Melismata Variations Richard Proulx (1937-2010)
Possibly based on an ancient melody “Parce mihi domine” by Cristobal de Morales (1500-1550). A recording of it by Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble can be heard on Classic FM, where it is known by the rather sentimental title of "Remember me, my dear”

Mediation on a theme of Percy Buck (1871-1947) Rex Latter (1935 - )
The theme here is from Buck’s little known but quite beautiful hymn tune to the words: “Draw nigh and take the body of the Lord…” and is a favourite of my good friend Geoffrey Barnard, a member of St. Wilfrid’s congregation. I wrote this piece for him about ten years ago.

Verset for Organ William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982)
The composer is the father of Andrew and Julian, ( composer and cellist respectively), and has written much piano and organ music as well as church anthems etc. Deserves to be better known than he is.

Toccata and Fugue in D minor J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Like so many musical compositions of long standing, there is now, we are told, doubt over the authenticity of this famous piece. The purists say that a lot of it is too extravert and showy to be the work of J.S.B. I wouldn’t dare comment – I just enjoy playing it!

Next recital: Gordon Egerton (clarinet) and Teresa Foster (piano)
on Wednesday June 2nd at 1.10 pm

 

 

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