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Arthur Bird (1856-1923): Music for the American Harmonium / Artis Wodehouse, harmonium

Album Summary

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (10) for harmonium, Op. 37
>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (4) for harmonium, Op. 44
>Bird, Arthur : Sketches (3) for harmonium, Op. 45
>Bird, Arthur : Preludium and Fugue for harmonium in A minor (unpublished)
>Bird, Arthur : Tempo di Minuetto, for harmonium, Op. 41/1
>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (3) for harmonium, Op. 39
>Bird, Arthur : Marsch der Aethiopier, for harmonium, Op. 42/3
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Artis Wodehouse discovers a large body of art music composed by Arthur Bird (1856-1923), an American living in Germany. He composed for the Mason & Hamlin American Harmonium, also known as the "normal harmonium" which was Mason & Hamlin's effort to standardize the tonal and playing characteristics of the harmonium, especially key compass and dividing point on the keyboard, so that composers could write for it knowing of the parameters, as they had been able to do for the European harmonium since it had been standardized in the mid-19th century. The American harmonium had become very popular in Europe by the late 19th century so that the substantial European sales and promotional staff of the American firm, Mason & Hamlin, was keen to further develop the European market by allowing their instrument to become ever more recognized as a legitimate vehicle for serious art music. Arthur Bird, who enjoyed a substantial European and American reputation as a performer and composer during his life, joined the effort, perhaps on commission, writing extensively for the American harmonium.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Epiphany, New York, NY (10/2015).



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Works Details

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (10) for harmonium, Op. 37
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (4) for harmonium, Op. 44
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (10) for harmonium, Op. 37
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Sketches (3) for harmonium, Op. 45
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (4) for harmonium, Op. 44
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (10) for harmonium, Op. 37
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Preludium and Fugue for harmonium in A minor (unpublished)
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Bird, Arthur : Tempo di Minuetto, for harmonium, Op. 41/1
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (3) for harmonium, Op. 39
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Sketches (3) for harmonium, Op. 45
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (10) for harmonium, Op. 37
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Marsch der Aethiopier, for harmonium, Op. 42/3
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (4) for harmonium, Op. 44
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Sketches (3) for harmonium, Op. 45
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (3) for harmonium, Op. 39
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bird, Arthur : Pieces (10) for harmonium, Op. 37
  • Performer: Artis Wodehouse (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic