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John Gardner: Music for Brass and Organ

Audio Samples

  1. Gardner — Flourish for a Wedding, Op. 162 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Gardner — Easter Fantasy, Op. 232 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Gardner — Theme and Variations, Op. 7: Theme: Andante flessible $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Gardner — Theme and Variations, Op. 7: Variation 1: Un poco meno mosso $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Gardner — Theme and Variations, Op. 7: Variation 2: Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Gardner — Theme and Variations, Op. 7: Variation 3: Allegro giocoso $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Gardner — Theme and Variations, Op. 7: Variation 4: Marcia lenta $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Gardner — Theme and Variations, Op. 7: Variation 5: Marcia rapida $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Gardner — Theme and Variations, Op. 7: Variation 6: Habanera $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Gardner — Theme and Variations, Op. 7: Variation 7: Misterioso $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Gardner — Theme and Variations, Op. 7: Variation 8: Finale - Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Gardner — 5 Dances, Op. 179: No. 1. Lavolta $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Gardner — 5 Dances, Op. 179: No. 2. Pavin $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Gardner — 5 Dances, Op. 179: No. 3. Jig $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Gardner — 5 Dances, Op. 179: No. 4. Lament $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Gardner — 5 Dances, Op. 179: No. 5. Fling $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Gardner — Sonata da Chiesa sopra un tema di Claudio Monteverdi, Op. 136: I. Maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Gardner — Sonata da Chiesa sopra un tema di Claudio Monteverdi, Op. 136: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Gardner — Sonata da Chiesa sopra un tema di Claudio Monteverdi, Op. 136: III. Lento e piano $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Gardner — Sonata da Chiesa sopra un tema di Claudio Monteverdi, Op. 136: IV. Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Gardner — Sonata Secolare, Op. 117: I. Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Gardner — Sonata Secolare, Op. 117: II. Ciacona $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Gardner — Sonata Secolare, Op. 117: III. Finale $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Gardner, John : Flourish for a Wedding, for organ & brass ensemble, Op. 162
>Gardner, John : Easter Fantasy, for 2 trumpets, 2 trombones & organ, Op. 232
>Gardner, John : Theme and Variations, for brass quartet, Op. 7
>Gardner, John : Dances (5), for organ, Op. 179
>Gardner, John : Sonata da Chiesa sopra un tema di Claudio Monteverdi, for 2 trumpets & organ, Op. 136
>Gardner, John : Sonata Secolare, for trumpet, ensemble & organ, Op. 117
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Notes & Reviews:

British composer John Gardner (b. 1917) has been astonishingly prolific, writing 249 opus numbers in his 60-year career as composer, conductor, and teacher. His music—basically tonal and always impeccably crafted—is characterized by charm, grace, and humor. Gardner’s musical fingerprints come from his love of jazz, Renaissance, and Baroque procedures and his mastery of imitative counterpoint. He generally uses established musical forms but invests them with a quirky and distinctive harmonic idiom. This CD explores his rich output for brass and organ, from the elegant Theme and Variations, Op. 7, of 1951 to the lusty Five Dances for Organ, Op. 179, written in 1988.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Brentwood Cathedral.



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Works Details

>Gardner, John : Flourish for a Wedding, for organ & brass ensemble, Op. 162
  • Performer: Stephen King (Organ)
  • Conductor: Chris Gardner
  • Ensemble: Cosmopolitan Brass
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Gardner, John : Easter Fantasy, for 2 trumpets, 2 trombones & organ, Op. 232
  • Performer: Stephen King (Organ)
  • Conductor: Chris Gardner
  • Ensemble: Cosmopolitan Brass
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Gardner, John : Theme and Variations, for brass quartet, Op. 7
  • Ensemble: Cosmopolitan Brass
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Gardner, John : Dances (5), for organ, Op. 179
  • Performer: Stephen King (Organ)
  • Notes: Brentwood Cathedral (01/30/2010); Brentwood Cathedral (06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Gardner, John : Sonata da Chiesa sopra un tema di Claudio Monteverdi, for 2 trumpets & organ, Op. 136
  • Performers: Paul Archibald (Trumpet); Stephen King (Organ); Helen Sanger (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Gardner, John : Sonata Secolare, for trumpet, ensemble & organ, Op. 117
  • Performers: Paul Archibald (Trumpet); Stephen King (Organ)
  • Conductor: Chris Gardner
  • Ensemble: Cosmopolitan Brass
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973