Season after Pentecost, 2023
Everyone knows about Ralph Vaughan Williams and his opera The Pilgrim's Progress, but have you heard of English composer Ernest Austin?
His best-known work is probably The Pilgrim's Progress, a 12-section narrative tone poem setting for solo organ of the work by John Bunyan; it takes about 2 3/4 hours to perform. There is a text which explains what is happening at each stage of the music which can be read by a narrator, and in the 12th movement, there are optional parts for choir (SSATTB), bells, and solo violin. It was revived in November 1988 at St. Michael's, Cornhill, London, by organist Kevin Bowyer, who continues to perform it on occasion.
Almost 3 hours of organ music? Slough of despond ineed.
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