Iain Farrington's Bluesday for solo Organ. Composed in 2010. Dedicated to Robert Houssart.
'Judging by this bunch of new publications, the year 2010 was a busy one for British composers of organ music, though quite why it has taken six or seven years for almost all of this music to appear remains unexplained. And if one were asked to guess the most recent work, in terms of 'modem language' it would be this study from Iain Farrington. Dedicated to Robert Houssart, this short piece combines - as one might infer from the title - certain phraseology from musical worlds not often encountered on a concert organ, whether in a church or civic building, but it is not merely the thematic line (such as it is) that snakes in an uncertain manner but also the impacted sense of occasional harmony that speaks in a more modem musical language. None the less, this intriguing composition would work best on a small instrument, and is a fascinating piece to study at home.' - James Palmer