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    Composer(s) of the month

    I've been discussing this possibility with our esteemed Krummhorn and now want to throw the discussion open.

    The basic suggestion is that a composer, of mainly organ works, is chosen and that we feature things like biographical notes, list of works, youtube renditions where possible, discography, scores, recordings by members (actual or virtual instruments).

    My initial thoughts are, where possible, to choose a composer whose anniversary falls in the month; when there are not many works by a composer we include near contemporaries.

    Points for discussion:-

    What anniversaries, 100,125.150, 175 .......375,400 or 100, 150, 200 etc?

    Near contemporaries - do we limit to those from same country, teachers/students of,

    Do we limit audio tracks to organ only, organ and other keyboards, do we include organ/harpsichord concertos, organ/harpsichord with other solo instruments?

    I would suggest a start in September, this gives some time to research and hopefully for some to record works.

    Composer William Boyce (300th) 10 voluntaries, 12 Sonatas originally for 2 violins and harpschord but there are arrangements for organ and trumpet which could probably be further arranged for organ only?

    Near contemporaries William Walond, Henry Heron, John Blow, Maurice Greene suggestions ????????????

    October Franz Liszt, 200th?

    November Ignazio Cirri 300th ?

    December ??

    January 2012 John Stanley 300th - 30 voluntaries, 12 concertos.

    Discuss ..............
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Hi Mike,
    I'm in. Great Idea, I believe it will give new life to our forum, as the last months I see a conservative speed of things... he he.

    I can use my Reaper(licensed) and record some combined works, like organ & orchestra, harpsi & orchestra ect. My EWQL symphonic and my Miroslav Philharmonic can do the trick nicely combined with some very good harpsichords I have in my collection also my own choir/continuo pipe organ I've made with Kontakt4 for this kinda works.

    Also can try a recording with the real Neupert 2m Harpsichord I'm practicing often.

    I'm in the middle of workin' Mozart's church sonata in F, where the original score is for 2violins/positiv organ and bass. Marie-Claire Alain has played with full string orchestra.
    So I'm thinkin' will these Boyce's sonatas may be played with string orchestra and continuo organ?

    We'll have to experiment... It's gonna be big fun !

    I'm waiting for more friends to respond too
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    Fabulous idea DorsetMike...Maybe it is enough with Composer of the Week???
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    I would think a composer each week may be difficult to maintain if members want to record works, some may already know the works, others may need to learn and practice.

    Assuming William Boyce will be one of the September composers, free download scores and electronic/synth MP3 or MIDI files for the voluntaries and some of the sonatas are available at

    http://icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer/Boyce.php

    If anybody does intend to record any of them could you post in this thread which work(s) you are doing.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Hi br.CD, long time no... talk !

    I agree with Mike here, each week it's difficult to record a piece, unless you know it by heart or you already have done it (recorded).
    For a month it's better as each member can program the steps to be on time.
    Also announcement must be earlier. Like now Mike does for Boyce. We're on mid July and setting up for September. Goood.

    Mike, I'll see what can I get from Boyce, what I like most and of course what I'm able to do :-) he he he
    And yes, we must know which witch is which, in just the case where two members decide to do the same work !

    A some king of directory is needed here, no doubt, so I'm proposing you as the first to handle this difficult task.

    Lars, do you have in mind any other way of doin' ?
    Any other members' proposals?

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    Scores for some of Boyce's works are here, many of the WIMA entries have synthesized audio samples, so you can get some idea of the tunes. Most scores are in PDF format, some also have Sibelius, Finalé, XML, Lilypond or other formats. MIDI files will import to some notation applications which can make things easier to rearrange if necessary.

    http://icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer/Boyce.php

    Suite in Bb for brass and organ, 10 voluntaries, and some sonatas to pay with.

    Voluntaries by a few contempories here

    http://icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer/Travers.php

    And one of his teachers here

    http://icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer/Greene.php

    Should give you some choice to start with, have a browse for other composers of the same period if you can't find something you like in the above suggestions.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghekorg7 View Post
    Hi br.CD, long time no... talk !

    I agree with Mike here, each week it's difficult to record a piece, unless you know it by heart or you already have done it (recorded).
    For a month it's better

    Best
    Panos

    Dear Panos, I agree with your assessment - I thought that if some only wish to include youtube clips of composers that come to their mind...Ah well, you get the drift...

    And most definitely, a directory would be superfantabulous. In that way we can probably avoid duplicate upon duplicate upon duplicate submissions of one or more works. It'll keep the 'peeps' on their toes...
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    I've downloaded a set of 15 harpsichord lessons from http://icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer/Greene.php (scroll to bottom of page) in PDF and MIDI formats, played some through GrandeOrgue, very nice. Lots of trills and mordents, so very good for exercising the fingers! No pedal parts but could probably add some.

    I do have Finalé .mus files for these, if anybody would like copies please send me a PM

    There are also 12 voluntaries on the same page, with Finalé .mus files as well as PDFs etc.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Bumping this one, is anybody working on anything for September?
    Cheers MIKE.

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    So far I'm working on 2 of Boyce's voluntaries, N0s 7 & 8, and his Sonata No 2 in F, originally for 2 violins, cello or bass or harpsichord, the WIMA score I have is for trumpet, trombone and organ, when I'm done it'll be for Organ, luckily playing GrandOrgue from a midi file will be easier than using 3 hands as well as pedals.

    I'll probably also work on a couple of Maurice Greene Harpsichord lessons. A further advantage of playing by midi files is I don't have to practice, just edit!
    Cheers MIKE.

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    So William Boyce is our featured composer this month, born 300 years ago, September 11th 1711. Wiki Biography here -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William...%28composer%29

    As my first offering herewith Boyce's sonata No2 in F arranged (read hacked) for organ and harpsichord, apologies for not doing any registration changes in the organ part, I had enough fun getting a harpsichord "rank" into a shortened version of the Stiehr-Mockers sample set. I think it works, be interested to hear what others think.
    Attached Files Attached Files
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    And here his Voluntary No 1, a recent youtube entry,


    Cheers MIKE.

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    I'll have to just enjoy this thread, thanks for starting it. But as I'm bone idle [and only devote myself to exertions when I really set a goal (like publishing all those damned Chorale Preludes)] I'll instead make a commitment to visit this thread and be enlightened with all your wonderful research. David
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    Well you could maybe spend a few minutes browsing Youtube for suitable works ... ... ... Composer(s) of the month-sofa-gif
    Cheers MIKE.

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    OK Mike, Let's continue with the Larghetto and Allegro from Boyce's Voluntary #4 in G Minor.

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