John McCabe: Carol Preludes for Organ

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Publisher: Novello
Composer: John McCabe
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album
These Carol-Preludes were written in 2008, but the idea was in the composer's mind for many years before this. Essentially, they revive the old style of the Chorale- Prelude, but using carol tunes instead of hymns or chorales. They are derived from German, French and English melodies – some of the German tunes were found in my mother’s old school songbook from her schooldays in Germany after the First World War.
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
Published on: 26 February 2009
No of pages: 36
Language: English
Catalogue No: NOV580459

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        These pieces could be described as pastiche Hindemith, but they are really not very good. The harmonic language used is far removed from the chorale/carol melodies on which they are based and these two elements do not hang well together in these pieces. Rather disappointing. I only bought them because I was asked to play a couple of them in a concert.
        Confirmed purchase: 08 September 2015
        Published on: 28 November 2015

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