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  Philip Wilby

 

Philip Wilby is one of the foremost composers of church music today.  All of the items listed are worthy of close attention.  The two anthems listed here have been recorded on a fine CD 'Heaven in Ordinarie' by the Exon Singers under Matthew Owens (Regent REGCD338)

List of Compositions

Thou didst delight mine eyes (B-C)
SATB and divisions and organ
£3.00 each -min. order 10 copies
A Prayer for St Thomas ((B)
SATB and divisions and organ
£3.00 each -min. order 10 copies
A Galilee Mass (B)
Choir (with short solos) congregation and organ
£3.00 each -min.order 10 copies
Congregational part (on card) 50p

 

This is wonderful stuff and we are proud to feature these pieces in our lists.  The Mass is eminently suitable for parish church use.

 


 

For the Iron Voice (for Organ)  (D)

£10.00

 
'Like Thunder, a Voice of Iron assails our ears, driving out every other sound.' Wulstan 990 AD

These three short pieces take as their springboard the much-quoted description of the huge organ of Winchester Cathedral by the 10th Century monk Wulstan. Philip writes ‘
My three pieces offer listeners some of the grand and colourful contrasts for which the modern organ is most renowned. They are ‘Gothic’, a turbulent movement which counterpoints towering climaxes with mechanical textures and coloristic effects. ‘Pensiero’, which as its name suggests, is thoughtful and introspective, using the pedal division to play a high line on a solo stop. The suite ends with a ‘Moto Perpetuo’, as enjoyable to hear as it is difficult to play, and catching something of Wulstan’s original statement, ‘Like thunder, driving out every other sound.’
Originally written in 2004 for Graham Barber and the Armley Schulze Organ, this present edition has been prepared for Paul Walton to play during BBC Choral Evensong Broadcast on March 21 2012 from Bristol Cathedral.
Prof. Wilby is one of the foremost composers of (inter alia) organ and choral music, and this organ work, while not for the timid (player or listener) is absolutely stunning. Wow!

 

 

Bristol Responses  (B)
SATB (minor divisions) unaccompanied

£3.00


Philip is in ‘parish choir mode’ here, so these well-written sentences will be found approachable and rewarding.


Recessional on a Wesleyan Hymn (‘Sagina’) (B/C)
SATB (minor divisions) unaccompanied

£6.00


From January 2007 to July of this year Philip and his wife Wendy lived in Bristol where she served in the Cathedral as Canon Precentor. They have now returned to Yorkshire This imposing Postlude was written as a surprise present for her final service.

 

 


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Last updated: 21 September 2013