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  • Noel Rawsthorne Arrangements

    Hi, everyone,

    It’s been some time since I posted. A brief update, then, I have been taking organ lessons for about 6 months now and get access to the three manual Allen (Renaissance model of some variety, I believe) at my university for practice (much to the music majors’ chagrin, no doubt). Since I have been taking simply as a hobby, my teacher has been working through some arrangements of my choosing (after I had the basics down, of course).

    In any case, I recently ran across a Samuel Metzger recording of Noel Rawsthorne’s Prelude on Londonderry Air. I cannot seem to locate the arrangement, however. I looked at the collections by Kevin Mayhew and didn’t find it there, although I could’ve simply overlooked it, nor have I been able to find it in a Google search, etc. In any case, whatever help you all could provide in helping locate a copy of that arrangement (along with other favorites if you have any to suggest), I’d be most grateful!

  • #2
    While there are a number of recordings of this piece, I have not been able to find the music either. One suggestion, you could contact Ian Tracey who was a student of Rawsthorne. He has a website with contact information. If you do find out where this music is available, would you be so kind as to let this forum know? I would also like to obtain a copy.

    Best of luck to you.

    My home organ: Content M5800 as a midi controller for Hauptwerk


    • #3
      Look for the book “Music for the Bride” published by Kevin Mayhew.


      • #4
        While the o.p. is tracking down the NR arrangement of Londonderry Air they might try and locate the one done by Edwin Lemare. I haven't heard either one, but I have the score of the Lemare version and find that it ticks most of the boxes for arrangements of this tune: cantus soloed in left hand against Swell strings; louder chorus on plenum registration; return to cantus; climax on diapason chorus; pp ending to tearful applause. What's not to like?