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Re: Alexander Brent-Smith
Very interested to read this thread. After he left Lancing, Alexander Brent Smith taught music at Pate's Grammar School for Girls in Cheltenham where my mother was one of his pupils (as she left school at 15, that must have been between 1934-1935). He wrote pieces for the school choir to perform, with some of the soprano solos intended for Mum. Unfortunately she's no longer around for me to ask, but I think she said one of the pieces was based on the story of Iphigenia. I think it was also at this time that he wrote the hymn tune "Cotswold" which was still used when I was at Pate's in the 1960s as the regular tune for "Come, O thou Traveller Unknown". I have managed to acquire the vocal scores of The Paradise Songs, the Choral Concerto, the Hymn on the Nativity, the Elegy, "In Glorious Freedom" and "The Captain's Parrot", plus his book "Studies and Caprices", ex libris Michael Hurd. I wish more of his work were recorded.
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