The American William Humphreys Dayas (1864–1903) studied with Liszt, was friends with Busoni and became a major piano teacher, spreading the message of Liszt’s music to his students in Helsinki, Wiesbaden, Cologne and Manchester, where his short life came to an end. Dayas left only a handful of compositions, but they include two major organ sonatas – passionate, Lisztian works that have remained completely unknown until now. Dayas also arranged for organ the Thème varié for piano four hands by another forgotten American composer, Arthur H. Bird (1856–1923), a further important addition to the late-Romantic organ repertoire.
Jan Lehtola, Walcker Organ of St. John's Church, Helsinki
Arthur H. Bird arr Dayas: Thème varié, Op. 27
Organ Sonata No. 2 in C minor, Op. 7
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Catalogue No: TOCC0285EAN/UPC: 5060113442857Release Date: 01.03.2016Composer: William Humphreys Dayas Artists: Jan Lehtola
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