Scott Shaw, Organist and Conductor

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Bairstow’s elegant Sonata for Organ

Posted by scottshaw on March 29, 2006

I'm presently practicing Bairstow's Sonata in E-flat. It's a very likeable piece (from both the "man in the pew" and the organists perspective). It has that typical English (typical for the period, anyway) mix of sparkling passage-work, melancholy sections and expansive melodic themes. I recommend it. I also recommend Francis Jackson's recording of the complete organ works on the organ at York Minster. (Amphion PHI CD 143)

http://amphion-recordings.com/bairstow.html
You can buy the CD at the Organ Historical Society online store. http://store.yahoo.com/ohscatalog/edbaircomorw.html

Bairstow was at York Minster for 33 years, as well as professor at Durham University. He apparently didn't have to commute often between York and Durham, as the university post only required one lecture a year from him. Nice setup. If you'd like to read more, here are a few online starts:

http://www.yso.org.uk/biographies/bairstow.html

http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/2820/bair.html

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