Thanks, Nicola - I'll use that one.
I recently unearthed a piece which I'd forgotten but which I think is a gem: George Towers' Prelude on "Dafydd ap carreg wen"
, or "David of the White Rock".
It was originally published by Oecumuse, but was taken over by Fagus (www.fagus-music.com
). Something in the style of Whitlock's "Folk Tune" but a little easier to play. The tune is gorgeous anyway, but the interludes are very well done and altogether, it's a lovely little piece. I think it's better than Vaughan Williams' piece on the same melody, and that's the opinion of a full-blown RVW freak!
The composer was interesting. George Towers was a graphic artist and was responsible, either personally or at a supervisory level for the illustrations in the Ladybird Books, which some of us will remember from our childhood (some of the Nature ones, like "The Countryside in Winter" were just terrific and the pictures make me think of home, even today, and the historical ones, such as that on Queen Elizabeth I, must have fired many a young imagination as they did mine). In his spare time, Towers was a pillar of local music making in Loughborough and organist of the Baptist Church there. I see from the Fagus catalogue that there are other pieces available.