Concert: Nine Musical Moods: An Organ Recital by Peter Warren

Sunday, July 19th, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Peter Warren OrganA recital featuring Bach, Franck, and Albinoni by Cathedral Organist, Peter Warren in support of the St. David’s Cathedral Foundation.

Entry by donation of $10.

Peter Warren started to learn the piano at the age of five. Educated at The King’s School Peterborough in England, (the Cathedral’s established grammar school) an early acquaintance was made with Anglican choral music. Peter studied the organ with Cathedral organist Andrew Newberry at Peterborough Cathedral for three years. Peter became a regular organist at All Souls Catholic Church in Peterborough at the age of 16 and thus began a life of learning to love both Catholics and Protestants!
After graduating as a teacher in 1980 in London, where Peter was assistant organist at London University’s Strawberry Hill Chapel for three years, Peter entered the Royal Academy Of Music London in 1987 where he qualified as LRAM in pianoforte in 1990.
Peter’s love of jazz music took him around London with jazz singer Nuena Martin and he played piano as a semi professional musician in the UK. He led a respectable daytime life as a teacher.
Peter married in 1990 and moved to Australia in 1992 where he was appointed organist at St Mary’s Cathedral before playing at St David’s…. so now we add English/Australian to piano/organ and Catholic/Protestant. Peter qualified as an Associate In Music in organ (with distinction) in 1998. Peter has performed in numerous concerts, has recorded CDs and has been played several times on Classic FM radio. In addition to playing piano and organ he competently plays four other instruments. He is currently head of music at Sacred Heart College Hobart.
Peter is married with two boys, one of whom already plays the clarinet better than his father.

Nine musical Moods

1. POMP and ceremony
“Carillon” by Herbert Murrill (1909-1952)
Which words or expressions instantly spring to mind when describing this piece of music? …..grand, cascading lines of notes, entrance music, brass features, fanfare
2. Imitation
“The Cuckoo” by Louis D’Aquin (1694-1772)
………evocation of the melodic sound of a cuckoo, perpetuo moto, a miniature portrait in sound, unrelenting rhythm, use of ornaments,
3. heroism
“Piece Heroique” by Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)
………dark, dramatic, “gothic”, unresolved chords, unresolved phrases, romantic….
4. FUN
“Postlude” by Louis Lefebure-Wely (1817-1869)
……entertaining, fairground in style, tongue in cheek, mischievous, dance steps…….
5. SADNESS
“Adagio in G minor” by Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) arranged by G Ricordi
……haunting melodic theme, unrelenting minor tonality, made famous through war film………..
6. Awe
“Jubilate” by William Mathias (1934-1992)
………different! atonal, rhythmically modern, music that grabs the attention of the listener, music designed to shock and shake……………..7.
7. MEDITATION
“Trio in D minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
……counterpoint, two voices in a democratic discussion above a bass line, hypnotic, beautifully shaped melodic lines weaving around each other in perfect proportion…..
8. journey
“Choral No 3 IN A minor” by Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
……a symphonic journey through soundscapes, contrasts of grand and small, epic, final victory of the choral tune, typically romantic “sturm und drang” in style
9. soulful
“For All We Know” jazz classic by Sam M Lewis (1885-1959)
………speaks directly to the heart, blue, earthy, music sings and pleads with the listener….

 

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