Clepington Parish Church Dundee


Music in Clepington Series 1

ORGAN RECITALS

by

Melville Young

Clepington Parish Church, Dundee

Sunday 27th October 1968


Overture: "Die Meistersinger"

Melodie in E

Andante Cantabile (String Quartet)

Coronation March (Le Prophete)

Rondino (Romeo and Juliet)

Waltz: "Gold and Silver"

Poco Allegretto (Symphony No.3)

Overture: "Die Fledermaus"
 

Wagner

Rachmaninoff

Tschaikowsky

Meyerbeer

Constant Lambert

Lehar

Brahms

Strauss
 




I deliberately chose this old programme as I had been impressed as a young Cathedral chorister by the playing of John Gomersall F.R.C.O., a semi-retired organist who, although in his 60s, played with great flair and panache.  He had been in the habit of including the odd transcription of orchestral works in his recitals.  This no doubt reflected his own youthful beginnings in the early 1900s when the only place one could hear orchestral music live was at local organ recitals, touring orchestras seldom venturing outside the major cities.

On looking over the transcriptions in my possession, I decided that this series in 1968 should not only revive this custom but indeed include one recital devoted entirely to works which were not originally for organ.  This recital, then, was not intended for lovers of organ music but to give maximum pleasure and fun both to the general public and myself.



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Sunday 17th November 1968

Bach Recital


with Morag FInlayson (soprano)

 

Fantasia in G

"O Saviour mine, what agony"  ('Schemelli Gesangbuch')
 
Choral Prelude "Wenn wir  in höchsten Nöthen sein"

"Bist du bei mir" (soprano)


Fugue in G (gigue)


Chorale Prelude "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier"

 Soprano aria "Quia respexit" (Magnificat)

Toccata & Fugue in C

"Come let us all this day"  ('Schemelli Gesangbuch')
 
               Fantasia with Imitationn B min

Soprano aria "Schafe konnen sicher weiden" (Cantata 208)

Prelude & Fugue in E minor (The Wedge)

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            Music in Clepington Series 1




 
          The Organ and Choir


          of Clepington







Organ
Toccata and Fugue in F
Buxtehude



Choir:
Lift The Strain Of High Thanksgiving
Watkinson

Bow Down Thine Ear
Arensky

I Will Sing A New Song (for solo soprano)
Dvorak

     Soloist: Elizabeth Mackaskill


King Of Glory, King Of Peace
Bach



Organ:
Eight Pieces For Musical Clocks
Haydn




     1. Tempo di Minuetto
5. Presto
     2. Allegretto
6. Allegretto
     3. Allegro
7. Allegretto
     4. Tempo di Minuetto
8. Marche


Choir:
Blessed Be The God And Father
     Soloist: Morag Finlayson
Wesley

Lord For Thy Tender Mercies' Sake
Tye

There Is A Green Hill (for solo baritone)
Gounod

     Soloist: Gordon Angus


Jesu Lamb Of God, Redeemer
Mozart



Organ:
Fantasia
Whettam



Choir:
Rejoice In The Lord Alway (The 'Bell' Anthem)
Purcell

Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance
     Soloist: Jean Beattie
Baker

On This Day Earth Shall Ring
Hilton Stewart



Organ:
Suite Gothique
Boëllman

     Introduction Chorale


     Menuet Gothique


     Prière à Notre Dame


     Toccata





The Dundee Law ('Law' meaning 'hill'), an ancient now
happily inert volcano on which stands the City's
War Memorial to the dead in two World Wars.
Its beacon is lit on the night of Remembrance
as a focus for the memories of the bereaved.

What import has has this locus on the present website?

While directing the music at Clepington Parish Church,
one minister wanted to do something different for a
Good Friday evening service to round off Holy Week.

I suggested a dusk service atop The Law, rationalising
this by quoting the ancient Egyptian "Hail Ra that goest
in Thy barque, into the caverns of the dark."  He was
duly impressed and even acquiesced when I suggested
that the church Boys' Brigade pipers could provide the
accompaniment to the hymns, myself scoring the music.

Having had the blessing of the city council, the service
was executed with a small congregation to the
delight of all concerned.

The Law is situated c. three quarters of a mile from
Clepington Parish and has another church
nestling at its base - The High Kirk, shown below.



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