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  • St Peter's Cathedral Organ, Carillon - Vierne (organist Nigel McClintock)

    Jan 17 2010 Louis Victor Jules Vierne was a renowned French organist and composer. He was born October 8, 1870 in Poitiers, Vienne and died June 2, 1937 in Paris. Vierne was considered one of the greatest musical improvisers of his generation. His few improvisations that were preserved on early phonograph recordings sound like finished, polished compositions. He had an elegant, clean style of writing that respected form above all else. His harmonic language was romantically rich, but not as sentimental or theatrical as that of his early mentor César Franck. Of all the great fin de siècle French organists, Vierne's music was perhaps the most idiomatic for his chosen instrument and has inspired most of the great Parisian organist-composers who followed him. Play sound Carillon de Westminster Vierne MFlierl.ogg Carillon de Westminster. His output for organ includes six symphonies, "24 Fantasy Pieces" (which includes his famous "Carillon de Westminster"), and "24 Pieces In Free Style," among other works. There are also several chamber works (sonatas for violin and cello, a piano quintet and a string quartet for example), vocal and choral music, and a symphony in A minor for orchestra.
    St Peter's Cathedral Organ, Carillon - Vierne (organist Nigel McClintock)
  • St Peter's Cathedral Organ, Exultate - Martin How (organist Nigel McClintock)

    Jan 10 2010 Martin lived in Glasgow during his boyhood. He was awarded an Organ Scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge. In this post he had responsibility for the Chapel Choir of men and boys, and Choral Society. After university he was in the Army for two years. He claims that this experience was invaluable for his later profession. Later on he spent some years at Grimsby in Lincolnshire were his post as Organist and Choirmaster at the parish church was combined with school teaching and various musical activities. Martin has spent most of his career with the Royal School of Church Music where he was known principally as a choir trainer specialising in the training and motivation of young singers. In this capacity he initiated and developed the RSCM Chorister Training Scheme which has since been used in various forms in many parts of the world. Since his retirement from the RSCM he has returned to organ playing as an honorary member of the music staff at Croydon Parish Church. Composing continues to be his main activity, but he continues to be regularly in demand as an adjudicator and accompanist
    St Peter's Cathedral Organ, Exultate - Martin How (organist Nigel McClintock)
  • St Peter's Cathedral Organ, Cantiléne - Langlais (organist Nigel McClintock)

    Jan 10 2010 Jean Langlais (15 February 1907 – 8 May 1991) was a French composer of modern classical music, organist, and improviser. Jean Langlais was born in La Fontenelle (Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany), a small village near Mont St Michel, France. Langlais became blind due to glaucoma when he was only two years old, and was sent to study at the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris, where he began to study the organ. From there, he progressed to the Paris Conservatoire, obtaining prizes in organ, which he studied with Marcel Dupré, composition, which he studied with Paul Dukas, and improvisation, which he studied with André Marchal. After graduating, he returned to the National Institute for the Young Blind to teach, and also taught at the Schola Cantorum from 1961 to 1976. However, it was as an organist that he made his name, following in the steps of César Franck and Charles Tournemire as Organist Titulaire at the Basilica of St. Clotilde, Paris in 1945, a post in which he remained until 1987. He was much in demand as a concert organist, and toured widely across Europe and the United States. Outside music, Langlais was a colorful and charismatic character, for many years living with both his first wife and his mistress (later to become his second wife), and fathering a child at the age of 73. Langlais died in Paris aged 84, and was survived by his second wife Marie-Louise Jaquet-Langlais. To celebrate the contributions of this prominent twentieth century artist on the centenary of his birth, an English-language DVD, Life and Music of Jean Langlais, was released in 2007 by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
    St Peter's Cathedral Organ, Cantiléne - Langlais (organist Nigel McClintock)
  • Bells of St Peter's, Carillon Campane

    Oct 12 2009 The Bell's of St Peter's, installed when the spires were added around 1885 by the much loved Administrator of the Parish, Fr Patrick Convery, have been ringing out over St Peter's parish and the surrounding area for well over a century now. The bells were cast in Murphy's Foundry in Dublin. Initially a carillon of nine bells was installed in the South Tower and one in the North Tower. The bells, all named after saints, were called Malachy, Mary, MacNissi, Columba, Brigid, Peter, Patrick, Cecilia and John. The largest bell in the north tower weighs three tons and is called Joseph.
    Bells of St Peter's, Carillon Campane
  • Bells of St Peter's, St Joseph (Requiem Toll)

    Oct 12 2009 The Bell's of St Peter's, installed when the spires were added around 1885 by the much loved Administrator of the Parish, Fr Patrick Convery, have been ringing out over St Peter's parish and the surrounding area for well over a century now. The bells were cast in Murphy's Foundry in Dublin. Initially a carillon of nine bells was installed in the South Tower and one in the North Tower. The bells, all named after saints, were called Malachy, Mary, MacNissi, Columba, Brigid, Peter, Patrick, Cecilia and John. The largest bell in the north tower weighs three tons and is called Joseph.
    Bells of St Peter's, St Joseph (Requiem Toll)
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