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Thread: 300th anniversary of the birth of John Stanley, January 2012

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    To mark his anniversary in this thread we can all post music and scores of as many of his works as possible plus links to biographical entries etc.

    Music can be Youtube or your own recordings plus the Baroque Music Library have given permission for free access to the contents of a CD of his Opus 2 Concerti for keyboard and strings

    quote from email reply to my request:-
    We are quite happy for you to put the whole CD up for free access from now say till end Jan, with a link to http://www.baroquemusiclibrary.com/ or http://www.baroquecds.com/
    Hope to have these available later today


    Please feel free to upload any recordings you have made of your own performances of Stanley's works.

    Scores in PDF of all his 30 voluntaries, Ops 5, 6 & 7 are available on WIMA

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

    Also on IMSLP with a few other works of his

    http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Stanley,_John

    Get practising

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    A short Biography is here at HOASM

    http://www.hoasm.org/VIIJ/Stanley.html

    and more here including discography

    http://http://www.rslade.co.uk/stanley/

    A recent addition to the discography is the complete voluntaries on 4 historic organs played by Margaret Phillips

    http://http://www.regent-records.co.uk/product_details_20.htm
    Last edited by Dorsetmike; Dec-14-2011 at 21:07.
    Cheers MIKE.

    How many roads must a man walk down ... ... before he admits he's lost?

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    Opus 2, 6 concerti for organ or harpsichord and strings published in 1742.

    [Admin note: Links removed as per agreement with Baroque Music]


    300th anniversary of the birth of John Stanley, January 2012-jscd650-jpg

    These tracks by kind permission of the Baroque Music Library

    http://www.baroquemusiclibrary.com/index.html

    Recorded December 1969 by Oryx Sound Studios at St. Mary’s, Rotherhithe. Harold Lester’s harpsichord was built by Hugh Gough.
    The Historic JOHN BYFIELD Organ of 1764,
    St. Mary's Church, Rotherhithe, London.

    The Thames-side port of Rotherhithe, South East London, is a down-to-earth, functional place, with a beauty and fascination of its own. Its links with the sea are ancient; the Mayflower sailed from Rotherhithe, her Captain lies buried in the churchyard. The present church dates from 1714. Situated on a slight rise not far from the Thames River, it is surrounded by narrow twisting streets, warehouses, a flour mill, and mature trees.

    Inside the church other trees form the unseen oaken cores of the four large columns that support the barrel-vaulted ceiling. The West Gallery is supported on wrought-iron stanchions with ornamental heads; here stands the organ, built by John Byfield and "Erected by Subscription of some of the Inhabitants of the Parish A.D. 1764".

    The imposing case is characteristic of the period in its basic design of two flats and three heavily-corniced towers; it is of mahogany, richly decorated with carved and pierced gilt woodwork, and the show-pipes form part of the original Open Diapason rank. A Swell Organ was added during the 19th century, but it is interesting to note that "all the best sounds" are original, and in fact only the 1764 stops on the two lower manuals are used in our recording.

    The 1764 specification is as follows.


    GREAT

    Cornet V
    Trumpet 8 1
    Sesquialtera III
    15th 2
    12th 3
    Principal 4
    Clarion 4
    Stopped Diapason 8
    Open Diapason (left) 8
    Open Diapason (right) 8

    CHOIR
    Cremona 8
    15th 2
    Flute 4
    Principal 4
    Stopped Diapason 8



    PEDAL
    Grand Bourdon 16

    Couplers G/P C/P

    Cheers MIKE.

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    For comparison with a well known contemporary, G.F. Handel, here is Handel's Concerto Opus 4 No 2



    This was published in London in 1738 while Handel lived there, Stanley's Opus 2 in the previous post followed in 1742, some similarity in style, but is it "copycat" or more likely in my view the typical style of the London of that period ?
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Mike, I d/l #1 OK but can't d/l others thanks anyway.
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    Strange, working for me, anyone else having problems?
    Cheers MIKE.

    How many roads must a man walk down ... ... before he admits he's lost?

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    It could be my firewall I will fire up my old laptop which has XP see if that makes a difference
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    I think I've cracked it Mike Just need an adjustment or three
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    Work in progress - trying to record some of the Stanley Opus 1 sonatas on a flute and harpsichord adaptation of GrandOrgue

    Here is the first momement from Opus 1 Nº2, not completely happy with some of the harmonies, I'm still climbing the learning curve on figured bass!

    stanop1-21stmovb.mp3
    Last edited by Dorsetmike; Jan-04-2012 at 13:09.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    LIked number 6 the best I think.. as you say many of them in that period are so similar it is hard to tell at times who,what,and where..Thanks
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    All this month (January) I am playing John Stanley's compositions for my church preludes. Last weekend I played the Voluntary VI - If the recording was successful, I may post that.

    Kh

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    Two tracks from Opus 4, on Flute and Theorbo






    Haunting melodies?
    Cheers MIKE.

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    Thank you very much for putting this up. This is a fabulous thread. Thanks again.

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    Great clips Mike she could make a name for herself if she practices more lol.
    I have a Baroque Flute but have not played it for ages they sound so different from the Boehm Flute and you can play them in Just Temperament which is why they sound better for Baroque and Early Music.
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    Very lovely Mike. And the music is delightful too. Haunting is the correct word for it. Thank you so much.
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