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Stephen Burtonwood

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Largo for Organ  (A/B)

£3.00

A most attractive introductory voluntary, somewhat in the style of Flor Peeters’ ‘Aria’ (and nothing wrong in that!).  The congregation will immediately warm to this.  It has already had several outings in Liverpool Cathedral.

 

Rhapsody for Organ  (B)

£3.00

This piece is dedicated to Professor Massimo Nosetti, the celebrated Turin-based recitalist, who has included Stephen’s ‘Arioso’ on a commercially issued CD. Gently pastoral in feeling it reminds us of some of the music of Harold Darke.

 

Acclamation,  Theme and Variations on 'Veni Creator Spiritus'   (B/B+)

£8.00

Stephen is one of Fagus’s most popular composers and here he is ‘promoted’ to the recital series since this is a large scale, imposing, and deeply felt 11 minute work, full of dramatic contrasts, which exploits the full resources of the instrument, while not making excessive technical demands.

 

Arioso (Psalm 84) (B)

£3.00

Variations on Picardy (B/C)

£7.00

Folk Tune (B)

£3.00

Stephen Burtonwood’s ‘Largo’ was an instant best seller in last September’s catalogue, even vying for top honours with Ronald Watson’s ‘Mrs Thing’ suites.  The rich and immensely tuneful idiom is further developed here in a fashion which we feel will be equally appealing.  If you play any of these as voluntaries people will be coming up to ask you what it is.  The ‘Picardy’ Variations would make a fine recital item as well.

 

Adagio (B)

£3.00

Air (B)

£3.00

Variations on Kingsfold (B/C)  

£7.00

All of Stephen Burtonwood’s previous pieces have proved extremely popular.  He has a seemingly endless fund of rich melody that helps create ideal introductory voluntaries.  The ‘Kingsfold’ Variations are more ambitious.   The well-known tune suits Stephen’s idiom very well, and the work as a whole calls for some imaginative registration.  It would be valuable as an audience-pleasing recital work.

 

Cantilena (B) 

£5.00

Fagus customers have very much taken Stephen Burtonwood’s lush melodies to their hearts, and everyone who plays them will have found people asking ‘what was that ? ’ after the service.  This latest offering is perhaps the richest to date, the main tune having a noble urgency that is very persuasive.  There is here a Rachmaninovian ability to create long breathed tunes - the opening paragraph here runs to 28 bars, and anybody who thinks this is easy should try doing it !

 

Ten Preludes and Postludes (B+/-)

on Lent and Easter Hymns

£10.00

This is another fine collection of mostly quite short pieces to complement Dr Beechey’s (above) in a slightly more romantic vein.  It is a tribute to Stephen Burtonwood’s inventiveness that he can create a characteristic melody as a counterpoint to the ‘Passion Chorale’ that is both highly effective and also allows something new to be said on this very well-worn theme. The other tunes used are ‘Eventide’, ‘Herongate’, ‘Maccabeus’, ‘Orentibus Partibus’ (x 2), ‘Rockingham’, ‘St. Albinus’, ‘Victory’ and ‘Wondrous Love’.

  

Aria (B)

£3.00

Sarabande (B)  

£3.00

Three Pieces in E flat minor (B/C)

Intrada -  Pastorale - Modal Piece and Dance

£7.00

In the first two items Stephen’s unending chains of melody continue to weave their magic.  He is one of Fagus’ best-selling composers and you simply won’t go wrong with these!  The ‘Three Pieces’ are a touch more austere and ceremonial in character and are very effectively written.

 

Three Pieces in English Genres (B/C)  

£8.00

In A Renaissance Style - Prelude: Quiet Waters -  Processional

Stephen is one of Fagus’ best selling composers.  All those gorgeous tunes (still available of course) have always gone down well.  Here he widens his range considerably, and while single-minded devotees will love the second movement best, all will find the outer movements make fine loud voluntaries.

 

Arietta (B)   

£4.00

Elevation (B)  £3.00

The Arietta is another one of Stephen’s tunes that will surely become as popular as some of his earlier efforts, and his many admirers need not hesitate.

The Elevation is written in a slightly more advanced idiom, one both hypnotic and mysterious, and highly suitable for a communion service.

 

Adagio in F minor (B)  

£3.00

A deeply felt movement, in fact one of Stephen's most intense pieces, which will make a very appropriate voluntary on an occasion when emotions are running high.

 

Theme and Variations on 'Away in a Manger' (B/B+)  

£7.00

Here are seven variations on one of the best-known Christmas tunes which is put through some surprising hoops including a rather splendid Bolero.  Stephen’s many fans will not be disappointed.

 

Theme and Variations on ‘Pastime with Good Company’ (B/C)  

£10.00

Here Stephen enjoys himself in pastiche mode offering 10 variations on the well known tune attributed to Henry 8th. This would be good material for a light-hearted moment in a recital.

 

Psalm Prelude (Psalm 23) (B)  

£3.00

With this piece Stephen won second prize in the 2009 competition for new organ works organised by the Preston and District Organists’ Association. Based on Psalm 23, in your publisher’s view it as good a piece as Stephen has ever written and will sure to be successful.

Psalm Prelude no 2 (Psalm 42) (B)  

£4.00

 

Here Stephen continues to explore a vein initiated back last September with his prize-winning first Psalm Prelude (Psalm 23) which has gone down well with his fans.  The formula may be similar but the content is completely new, the music deeply felt and building to an imposing climax.

Psalm Prelude no 3 (B+)

(Psalm 103, vv 11-19)

£4.00

Like its predecessors this is a gentle lyrical piece with an effective climax in the middle (you might like to tone this down a bit if you are using the work as a voluntary). Stephen’s many admirer’s will not be disappointed.

 

Psalm Prelude no 4 (B)

(Psalm 91, vv 1-2)

£3.00

This is another of Stephen’s deeply felt essays inspired by verses from the Psalter.

If you don’t have the others then here is a special offer

 

Psalm Preludes nos 1-4 complete (B)

(18pp)

£10.00


Toccata on Psalm 117 (B+)

£6.00

This, the latest of Stephen’s efforts, could easily have gone into the Recital Section above, but it will also be found a very useful concluding voluntary on a festive occasion.  It is not particularly difficult but it gains a + in the assessment as it will require a bit of stamina to keep it going - especially if you are playing it on an old tracker action !

Jig (B+)

£4.00

 

 Stephen is in a jolly mood here which will delight his many admirers. This is just the piece for the end of a celebratory service, or one involving young people.

 

Lyric Piece (B/B+)

£6.00

This is a most useful and deeply felt movement for organ which will be found appropriate for a number of different occasions. The music builds to a towering climax, but should this be found to be excessive for the moment in question, or too difficult for that matter, there is a much simpler ‘ossia’.

Meditation and Two Preludes on the ‘Passion Chorale’ (B/B+)

£8.00

This is a most useful and deeply felt movement for organ which will be found appropriate for a number of different occasions. The music builds to a towering climax, but should this be found to be excessive for the moment in question, or too difficult for that matter, there is a much simpler ‘ossia’.

Lament (B+)

£3.00

Stephen is in reflective mode in this piece, ideally suited for a solemn occasion.

 

Meditation and Variations on ‘Picardy’

(C)

£5.00

This is a lyrical and at times dramatic exploration of a familiar tune that seems to have endless possibilities. Please note the pedal part requires a top G.

 

 

Hymn Prelude on the Passion Chorale

(B/B+)

£3.00

Stephen has more to say about this great melody. (His ‘Meditation and Two Preludes’ on the same tune was issued a year ago, and there is also a hymn prelude on it in his ‘Ten Preludes and Postludes on Lent and Easter Hymns’). This piece would make a fine postlude for a Lenten or Passiontide service.

 

 

Introduction, Trumpet Tune And Epilogue on F-C-F-D-E

(B/B+)

£5.00

TThis is an effective, rousing work which does what it says on the cover. It would be useful as a recital piece or as a lengthy postlude (where such would be appropriate).

 

 

Three Miniatures

(A+/B)

Improvisation - Semplice - Processional

£7.00

These pieces are ideal service music - tuneful but not trite - and sure to be a hit with Stephen’s army of fans.

 

 

 



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