‘Exordia ad missam’ : my lockdown recordings

The following exordia ad missam (tr. preludes to the mass) are short pieces that I recorded during the lockdown of 2020–21 for use by a local church at the start of its Sunday services, then being live-streamed online. For some of my other lockdown recordings got to: J. S. Bach’s ‘Orgelbüchlein’ : my lockdown recordings.

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Maude Campbell-Jansen (1884-1958) in 1910

Andrew Pink performs (2021) Meditation (1928) by Maude Campbell-Jansen (1888-1954)

Andrew Pink performs (2021) ‘Melody‘ (Three Short Pieces. 1898) by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Andrew Pink performs (2020) ‘Rorate caeli‘ (Twelve Choral-Preludes on Gregorian Themes. Op. 8. 1947)  by Jeanne Demessieux (1921–68). 

 

Andrew Pink performs (2020) ‘Alma redemptoris mater‘ (Eight Short Preludes on Gregorian Themes. Op 45. 1958)  by Marcel Dupré  (1886–1971).

Kate Loder (1825–1904)Andrew Pink performs (2020) ‘Voluntary in B-flat‘ (Six Easy Voluntaries. Second set. 1891) by Kate Loder (1825–1904) ” … for the most part fresh and genial in character […] somewhat suggestive of Spohr in the numerous chromatic progressions.” (Musical Times. Vol. 32, No. 579 (May  1, 1891), p. 297). 

Andrew Pink performs (2020) ‘Interlude’ (Three Characteristic Pieces, 1957) by Jean Langlais (1907–91).

henri mulet in 1911Andrew Pink performs (2020) ‘Noel’ (Esquisses Byzantines, 1920) by Henri Mulet (1878–1967).

Flor PeetersAndrew Pink performs (2020) ‘Fantasie Inviolata‘ (Four Improvisations on Gregorian Melodies. Op.6/iv, 1946) by Flor Peeters (1903–86).

Incipit inviolata

florence priceAndrew Pink performs (2021) Adoration (1951) by Florence Price (1887–1953)

Alec Rowley (1892-1958)Andrew PInk performs (2021) ‘Picardy‘ (A Book of Hymn Tune Voluntaries [by various]. 1950) by Alec Rowley (1892–1958).

Noel RawsthorneAndrew Pink performs (2020) ‘Interlude in C‘ (Adagio Collection, 1999)  by Noel Rawsthorne (1929–2019).

Andrew PInk performs (2021) ‘Allegretto‘ (Kleine Präludien und IntermezziOp. 9. 1932) by Hermann Schroeder (1904–84). 

 

Techincal notes

– Temperament: Equal; pitch A=440
– Organ: Viscount Sonus 60
– Microphone: Zoom Q2N-4K
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Ein guter neuer Dantz

Renaissance dance music: 1577-1629

During the Christmas and New Year period 2016-17 I found myself playing the organ at a variety of venues here and there across London. As part of my seasonal  offering I decided to try out a newly acquired set of nine renaissance-era dances edited for keyboard by Hans Haselböck under the title Ein guter neuer Dantz (Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1989). I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who having heard these little pieces came up to me both to comment how much they enjoyed them and to ask about them. So, without more ado, here below are the basic details and some basic home-made recordings of them.

Keyboards: Andrew Pink's practice organ.
Keyboards: Andrew Pink’s practice organ.

The instrument used here is my own practice organ, which for this project is tuned to a period-appropriate quarter-comma meantime (pure thirds) temperament, set lower than present-day concert pitch at A-427. The pieces, as they are published, are either in G or F and make playful use of  of F\F-sharp and C\C-sharp contrasts, which add spice to the already piquant quarter-comma temperament.

However, despite such talk of temperament and pitch, I lay no claim to an historically informed style in presenting these brief and unpretentious dance-pieces but hope that you too might find something to enjoy in them.


1.
Intrada, anonymous (1593) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
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2.
Ein guter neuer Dantz, anonymous (1577) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
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Tanz, was wohn wir uff den Abend thun, anonymous (1577) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
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4.
Daunce, anonymous , from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book  (late c16) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
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Corranto, anonymous, from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book  (late c.16) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
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Churf. Sachs. Witwen Erster Mummerey Tanz (1598) by August Nörmiger (c.1560-1613) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
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Der Mohren Auftzugkh (1598) August Nörmiger (c.1560-1613) played on the organ by Andrew Pink © 2017
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Ungarescha (1603) by Jacob Paix (1556-c.1623) played on the organ by Andrew Pink © 2017
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9.
Bassa Imperiale (1629) anonymous, played on the organ by Andrew Pink © 2017
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