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Basil Harwoods organ works have been described as an important addition to the modern literature of the instrument (Grove V)., while in The Timesthe composers obituary suggested that Harwood initiated a new school of English organ music in the same way as Franck initiated a new French School.
It was certainly a very distinctive style and quite unlike any other English composer, ranging from small, expressive miniatures of a somewhat devotional quality to large-scale works of considerable complexity requiring a strong technique and a resourceful instrument.
Basil Harwood was born in Gloucestershire, and was educated at Charterhouse and Trinity College, Oxford before continuing his musical studies in Leipzig. His first appointment was in 1883 as organist at St Barnabas, Pimlico, before he became organist of Ely Cathedral in 1887.
In 1892 he moved to Oxford as organist of Christ Church Cathedral, together with other appointments as Precentor of Keble College, Choragus of the University, Editor of the Oxford Hymn Book, and the first conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir. He retired from professional life in 1907 in order to manage the family properties in Gloucestershire and to devote more time to composition.
|1||08:43||Toccata Op. 49|
|2||06:20||In an Old Abbey Op. 32|
|3||07:36||In exitu Israel Op. 46|
|4||02:47||Two Sketches Op. 18, No. 1 in A major|
|5||04:18||No. 2 in F major|
|6||08:10||Pæan Op. 15 No. 3|
|7||02:34||Short Postlude for Ascensiontide Op. 15 no. 4|
|8||01:57||Three Preludes on Anglican Chants Op. 42 No. 1|
|11||06:56||Sonata for Organ Op. 5, 1. Allegro appassionato|