A Percy Whitlock Centenary Tribute #0321
One thing he never lacked was grace and charm. This week, we explore the work of a prodigiously talented yet short-lived minor English master. Whether writing for cathedral or parish use, or for his later involvement as a municipal organist, Percy Whitlock’s gentle and engaging personality made many friends for him. His compositions were conservative for his time but each possess a rich emotion and sly wit. After one hundred years, we remember him still, with A Percy Whitlock Centenary Tribute.
PERCY WHITLOCK: Psalm 137, By the waters of Babylon –Wells Cathedral Choir, Anthony Crossland, conductor; Christopher Brayne (1857 Henry Willis; 1974 Harrison & Harrison/Wells Cathedral, England, UK) Priory PRCD337
PERCY WHITLOCK: Canzona and Scherzetto, 2nd and 3rd movements, from Sonata in c  –Robert Gower (1947 Hill, Norman & Beard/Selby Abbey, England, UK) Abacus CD-505
Whitlock’s Sonata is dedicated to Dorothy Leigh Sayers and Harriet Vane, the heroine of the former’s Lord Peter Wimsey thrillers.