Adagio - John Hosking

Duration: 4'40"
Ensemble: organ
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Adagio is available on Gloucester Experience (Jonathan Hope), which can be ordered from here.

Hommage à Paris was commissioned by Martin Baker, Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. Martin is renowned for his superb technique, colourful use of the organ and improvisations in many different styles, so this suite is written to take full advantage of his ability.

This Adagio is the suite's fourth movement. It makes use of theme B from the Prelude in the minor key, calling to mind at first the slow movements of Widor's symphonies. Section B builds up to an exciting tutti before an almost exact recapitulation of section A.

Please note the Scorch playback has been muted. Use the YouTube (John Hosking at the St Asaph Cathedral organ) or SoundCloud (John Hosking at the Chester Cathedral organ, recorded by Paul Stockbridge) recordings opposite.