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  • 200th birthday Clara Schumann & Elizabeth Stirling

    I don't know if Clara Schumann's 200th birthday has been noted or is celebrated in any way in the English speaking world... over here, there have been quite a few concerts with her works and sometimes heated discussions on female composers.
    Clara didn't write any pieces specifically for organ, but there are a few nicely arranged preludes and fugues that were originally written for piano. I will play some of them in my upcoming recital in October.

    For organists, it might also be interesting that we can celebrate Elizabeth Stirling's 200th birthday this year. Unfortunately, not many of her works have been printed and are available. There are none on imslp, as far as I know. I've played several of her pieces already and will play her Air with variations and a shorter piece in my recital.

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    Yesterday we had the recital I mentioned in my first post in this thread.
    About 40 people attended (which is a very good number for a village church) and the youngest person in the audience was 3 years old.
    I played:
    Cécile Chaminade(1857 - 1944)
    Prélude pour grand orgue op. 78

    Mel Bonis (1858 - 1937)
    Offertoire op. 182

    Joséphine Boulay (1869 - 1925)

    Emma Louise Ashford (1850 - 1930)

    Elizabeth Stirling (1819 - 1895)
    Air with variations

    Clara Schumann (1819 - 1896)
    Prelude and fugue in d-minor op. 16 No. 3

    Elizabeth Stirling (1819 - 1895)

    Johanna Asmussen (* 1936)
    Chorale „Von Gott will ich nicht lassen“

    Ethel Smyth (1858 - 1944)
    Chorale “O Gott du frommer Gott”
    Canon on „O Gott du frommer Gott“

    Mel Bonis (1858 - 1937)
    Quasi andante op. 152

    Clara Schumann (1819 - 1896)
    Prelude and fugue in B-flat-major op. 16 No. 2

    Carlotta Ferrari (* 1975)
    Concert Variations on Greensleeves

    Plus the Toccata op. 97 by Mel Bonis.

    The organ is a two-manual pneumatic pipe organ built in 1911 by a local organ builder. I think I have already posted the stop list somewhere on the forum.