The organ works of Francis Pott

Tom Winpenny has recorded much of Francis Pott’s music, and this richly illustrated article on the organ works of Francis Pott is filled with an interpreter’s insights. Pott’s compositions are ‘revelatory creations of intellectual rigour and profound humanity,’ says Winpenny, and in his commentary and music examples we become absorbed in Pott’s preoccupations and motivations.

Thomas Tomkins’s musical antecedents

Marking the 450th anniversary of Thomas Tomkins’s birth, John Caldwell investigates this ‘honest quiet peaceable man’ as one contemporaneous document characterised him. The focus of Caldwell’s study is the keyboard music, and not least how Tomkins reacted to the idioms and techniques he discovered in an important English sixteenth-century manuscript which came into his possession.

From gallery singers to chancel choristers: a case study of Halifax Parish Church, 1868–1882

David Baker describes how music at Halifax Parish Church had been in decline until twenty-seven-year-old John Varley Roberts was appointed in late 1868, and transformed the choir at Halifax from a small, mixed group of voices up in the west gallery with an outmoded organ to a choral establishment of some seventy robed male singers in the chancel, accompanied by a four-manual instrument.

Bach’s pedal clavier: eight problem works

The clear division of Bach’s keyboard works into those for organ and those for clavier is one that is more evident to modern editors than it probably was to performers in eighteenth-century Germany.  Francis Knights discusses a few works that appear to fall into neither camp, and the evidence they provide for the particular instrument they may have been played on.