List of Compositions
|Abacus Suite of 9 pieces (A/B/B+)||£12.00ea|
Prologue - Bicenium - Waltz-Trio - Alla Marcia - Chorale - Pastorale - Septenarius - Recitative - Peal
Nigel continues to provide delightful and stylistically widely ranging music that will make very useful voluntaries or indeed teaching pieces. Even the Mrs Things of this world (remember her ?) would be able to cope with some of these, and, if she were to do so, would surely be complimented on her imagination in selecting them.
|An Advent Triptych on ‘Veni Emmanuel’ (B/B+)||Moderato - Alla Sarabanda - Maestoso||£8.00ea|
Coincidentally this is the same tune put through slightly different paces - you could even use the three movements of this work before, during, and after the same service. This is fluently written in a slightly spare idiom that suits the tune very well.
|Carol Procession (B)||(manuals - with optional pedal)||£3.00ea|
This is a charming medieval pastiche, incorporating the ‘Song of the Nuns of Chester’, and the piece has an offbeat and original flavour which distinguishes itself from the usual Christmas offerings.
|Claveçin (A/B)||Three Sketches for Harpsichord or Organ with Homage to François Couperin||£7.00ea|
It is good to welcome an old friend from Oecumuse days to the Fagus lists (there are some reissues below). Many of you will have some of Nigel Gaze’s pieces already. ‘Claveçin’ is an affectionate pastiche while ‘Procession’ was written for Nigel’s daughter’s wedding. It is very suitable for such a purpose, but there is no reason why the piece should not be played on other occasions as appropriate, and it would make a very good postlude.
|Epiphany (B-C)||((Three Improvisations on 'Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern')||
This fluently written music based on ‘How brightly gleams the morning star’ will be found a very useful item once the excesses of the festive season are over. The pieces could be played as a ‘prelude - offertory - postlude’ set if one wished.
|Homage to Hayden (Minuet and Trio) (B)||
The composer’s note says it all: ‘This piece is an arrangement of an earlier work scored for orchestra; though a pastiche, it may be useful in a programme where real organ music by Haydn (hard to come by) would be appropriate’.
|In Memoriam (B)||
This is the composer’s response to the loss of a dear friend. His note reads, ‘The dedicatee, Graham Thornhill, was a gentle and supportive all-round good-egg: architect, skilled organist and singer, and enthusiast for the music of Bach and Elgar. He also loved railways’. Clearly the music is highly suited for a funeral or memorial service.
|Old College Sketches (B)||
Lirica - Poet’s Court
Nigel’s music has always gone down well with both Oecumuse and now Fagus customers. Like the Clucas work above these are easy-going, melodious pieces but a touch more difficult and elaborate.
|Healey Suite (A/B)||
Chorale - Bergamask - Minuett - Ballad - Morris
The composer says that, ‘while this Suite was written for a small one manual organ (like that in St Paul’s Church, Healey) there is no reason why it should not be played on an immense organ if required’. This is effective and charming music.
|Fulbert’s Ground (B+)||
This piece was found a little too exuberant for the collection of quiet voluntaries noted above, but it would make a fine postlude for an Easter service. As might be expected a fragment of the well-known tune strides through the texture. St. Fulbert was the bishop of the Cathedral of Chartres from 1006 till 1028. One of Fulbert’s hymns was “Chorus Novae Jerusalem” (Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem), to be sung at Easter services. Hence the appropriateness of the name of H J Gauntlet’s hymn tune sung to these words in many hymn books.
Ages of Man (B/B+)
(After relief sculptures round a font by Thomas Nicholls)
INFANTIA - (mother and child) - ADOLESCENTIA (a youthful
figure) - VIRILITAS (an armored military figure) - SENECTAS (an aged man reading
The noble estate church of St Mary, Studley Royal, stands in the deer park near Fountains Abbey. The masterpiece of Victorian architect William Burges, the church houses a commanding and unspoiled organ by T C Lewis, and a treasure-trove of symbolic sculpture. Encircling the font are relief sculptures by Thomas Nicholls, representing the four ages of man. This is the inspiration for this unusual and intriguing work. The reprise of the theme of the first movement at the very end is a haunting and inspired moment.
Gracious Street (from Knaresborough) - Aedicula (from
Walsingham) - Pirouettes (from Saravejo) - Tunél de Sobral (from the Algarve)
These widely varying pieces are linked by the idea that each location has an idiosyncratic identity which can be expressed in musical terms. This suite is probably best in a recital though ‘Aedicula’ (‘shrine’) could easily be played as a voluntary. ‘Tunél’ is indeed a (road) tunnel, and this movement is good fun.
|Pastoral Preludes (A/B)||
Eclogue - Idyll - Canticle
Here Nigel has responded to the request for something a little easier with these charming short pieces.
|Paean on ‘Golden Sheaves’ (B+)||
The technique employed here is familiar enough - Sullivan’s great harvest tune is placed largely in the pedals with quaver movement divided between the hands. This piece would make a splendid postlude for a harvest festival service. It is not too difficult but you would need to work at the manual parts! (and you would have time to get it up for October).
|Movements for Chamber Organ (B+)||
These four pieces were inspired by the chamber organ by Gray & Davison (c.1860) which graces the Lady Chapel of Temple Moore’s wonderful church of St Wilfrid in Harrogate.
Pentecost (6 Pieces) (Mostly B)
(Five Peaceful Preludes and a Postlude)
The tunes are ‘Veni sancte spiritus’ (Webbe),
‘Sudely’ (Stainer), ‘Warrington’ (Harrison), ‘Felix Dies’ (plainsong), ‘Charity
and ‘Capetown’ (Stainer and Filitz),and ‘Veni Creator’ (Dykes).
This is just what you need to freshen up your voluntaries, for that season of the year some of us still call Whitsun. In the last piece (the Postlude) the choir are invited to stay back to deliver the tune in a triumphant unison.
This work has been commissioned by Carson Cooman who is an eminent American composer and organist. Since 2006 he has held the position of Composer in Residence at the Memorial Church, Harvard University. This sonatina is a little more astringent than some of Nigel’s other pieces - nothing wrong with that - and it is a very successful exercise in creating an attractive and intriguing concert work.
|Hymn Tune Voluntaries Vol. 1 (A/B+)||
Over the years Nigel has written many voluntaries based on hymn tunes and here is the first of two volumes containing the master’s further thoughts on his favourite tunes. The piece are quite substantial - the 10 included here occupy 47 pages.
|Hymn Tune Voluntaries Vol. 2 (A/B+)||
Over the years Nigel has written many voluntaries based on
hymn tunes and here is the second of two volumes containing the master’s further
thoughts on his favourite tunes. The piece are quite substantial - the 10
included here occupy 42 pages.
Contents: Misericordia, Nicaea, Nun Freut Euch, Old 125th, Pastor Pastorum, St Columba, Slane, This Joyful Eastertide. To God be the Glory, Veni Creator
Special offer: both Volumes £20.00
Last updated: 21 September 2014