Monday, February 26, 2018

Starting the day with Saint-Saens

Some days you just want to start the day with a fanfare, so here's the finale of Camille Saint-Saens' 1886 Symphony No. 3, also known as the "Organ Symphony" because the of the prominence given in the two-movement (four-part) orchestral piece to a pipe organ.

You rarely hear this part stand-alone; usually it's necessary to wait until the end of the entire symphony and even then trumpet fanfares and other instrumental flourishes sometimes diminish it, depending upon the taste of the conductor.

This arrangement --- by the organist, Jonathan Scott --- allows the organ full voice and solo pride of place. The instrument, a T.C. Lewis organ, was installed in Albion United Reformed Church, Ashton-under-Lyne, Taneside, Greater Manchester, when that striking Gothic revival building was constructed during 1895.

Now drink your coffee and get moving!

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