Posts tagged ‘English Impressionism’

October 26, 2014

2014-10-26 Notes from the Bench

“Communion Service in C” by John Ireland

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


The English composer, John Nicholson Ireland (1879-1962) was born in Dowdon, near Altrincham, Manchester, England. He was familiar with the High Church liturgies and the thriving choral tradition of Anglicanism. He was an assistant organist at Holy Trinity Church Sloane Street, London and later organist and choirmaster at St. Luke’s Church, Chelsea. Ireland’s “Communion Service in C” is an early work, written around 1913, and displays the influences of his teacher, Charles Villiers Stanford.


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