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Music from Eton The contents of this recording were chosen with a particular event in mind, the five hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the foundation in 1440 of the Kynges College of Our Lady of Eton, beside Windsor by the eighteen-year-old monarch King Henry VI.
Peter Smiths Fanfare for Brass, Percussion and Organ  is one of a whole series of flourishes for specific occasionsmostly concert tours by the Eton Chamber Orchestra and Choir during the summer holidays.
The one here recorded was commissioned for the service commemorating that anniversary on 29th May 1990. The Brass Ensemble, Paul Plummer, organ, conducted by Jim Wortley Every school has a few tribal traditions and some of them tend to be musical.
Of the many traditional Eton School Songs only the Carmen Etonense  the Boating Song  and the Vale are still heard regularly. They are all sung once a year at the conclusion of the summer terms School Concert. There is a magnificent Spy cartoon depicting Sir Joseph Barnby in characteristic conductors pose.
His distinguished career included the first English performance of Wagners Parsifal on 10th November 1884 in the Royal Albert Hall. During his time as Precentor (Director of Music) at Eton, he produced the Carmen in collaboration with A. C. Ainger, a master of over thirty years standing. Another Eton master, William Cory, was responsible for the text of the Boating Song. It found its way to India via the Eton Scrap Book (1865) where it encountered its composer, the young Captain Algernon Drummond, then serving with the Rifle Brigade.
There is no evidence to suggest that the Captain left any other record of his musical talent behind himSchool Concert Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Ralph Allwood. Parrys setting of William Blakes Jerusalem  has a traditional place in the last chapel service of each term.
School Concert Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Ralph Allwood. King Henry VIs original 1440 charter included provision for four clerks, six choristers, twenty-five poor and indigent scholars and a school master. The clerks were required to be skilled in chant and one of them he alone entitled to a bonus of 6 per annum, and his wife was to be the organist. The twenty-five scholars were expected to acquire a competent knowledge of plainsong.
|1||01:57||Brass: Fanfare||Peter Melville Smith b.1943|
|2||05:54||Thou, O God, art praised in Sion||Malcolm Boyle 1902-76|
|3||03:13||Organ: Ye boundless realms of joy||Sir Hubert Parry 1848-1918|
|4||06:23||Organ: Scherzo, Op 2||Maurice Durufle 1902-86|
|5||04:38||Brass: Baroque Sonata Kk 394||D. Scarlatti 1985-1757, arr. Dodgson|
|6||10:07||Magnificat||John Nesbett d.1488|
|7||13:08||Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis||R. Vaughan Williams 1872-1958|
|8||03:34||Carmen Etonese||Sir Joseph Barnby 1836-96, A. C. Ainger 1841-1919|
|9||03:45||Eton Boating Song||A. H. Drummond 1844-1932, W. Cory 1823-92|
|10||03:35||My soul, there is a country||Sir Hubert Parry|
|11||01:33||God who made the earth and sky||Francis Grier b.1955|
|12||05:54||Organ Concerto No 5 in G minor: Largo – Allegro con spirito||Thomas Arne 1710-78|
|13||04:32||Organ Concerto No 5 in G minor: Adagio||Thomas Arne 1710-78|
|14||05:12||Organ Concerto No 5 in G minor: Vivace||Thomas Arne 1710-78|
|15||02:39||Jerusalem||Sir Hubert Parry|