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This is the first of a series of books of organ music that encompass a wide variety of styles. Organists with a command of the major J. S. Bach organ works shall manage these Naylor works comfortably.

The Prelude and Fugue in C minor is a trio throughout, and demands contrast between stops to follow the linear flow of the ideas. It contains a chorale which acts as a serene foil to the humour and intellectual rigour which resonates through the work.

The Toccata and Fugue in C major is dedicated to John Scott, formerly organist of Saint Paul's Cathedral London. Bravura approach needed!


About the Author

artlook Christchurch, New Zealand

Born 1940, in New Zealand Army 1960 -1964 serving in Malaya for two years. Founded the Ron Naylor Art School in 1964. Trained as an organist and compose for that instrument and symphonies for orchestra. Started breeding rhododendrons in 1985.

Publish Date  September 15, 2009

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  40 pgs   Premium Paper, matte finish

Category  Religion & Spirituality

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artlook says

Thankyou Deborah,
Really enjoyed your book having been in Malaya from 1961 to 1963 inclusive, and was able to observe how people related their lives to different religions. Good subjects for books of your type would be the sacred mountain of the Jaines in India with its thousands of temples of intricately carved architecture, and the Hindu culture of Bali.

One thing I did observe was that when a new religion was adopted in one locality, the people always retained some features of the old religion albeit secretly. Thus the Malays launched spirit boats (models about a metre long that have a square sail) on a full moon night to carry the spirits of the deceased away to the underworld. A small plateful of cooked rice provides food for the journey, and the person launching the boat did so secretly. That, and the practice of using sickles to harvest rice so that the rice god isn't offended are relics of pan-animism that survived firstly Hinduism and later Islam.

I never got to grips with understanding Hinduism, but Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism are approachable for anyone interested in knowing how its adherents think. Every night that was available I would stay over with a family at a Malay village so I have a substantial awareness of how Muslims conduct their lives, and discovered that they are no different to anyone else. Read the Koran and Haditha so I appreciate that true Islam is actually moderate, as opposed to the extreme versions practised in some countries.

Rex is now three and a half years old, loves playing with his Thomas Tank engine railway, and watching Wily Coyote cartoons on my computer. He is starting to grow now, but remained undersized for quite a long time as he was two months premature. He has a younger brother called Navarone whom is a year and a half old. Quite different temperaments.

I look forward to seeing your next book.

posted at 01:49pm Jan 29 PST


bowperson says

Your publication goals are inspiring, especially as I work on my second book. I enjoyed your picture books with Rex! What a great way to contribute to family. Thanks for the note about my first book with Blurb, The Luminous Buddha: Image and Word.
Deborah Bowman

posted at 11:08am Jan 29 PST


artlook says

Thankyou John.
Unless one steps outside the envelope, and lets other people know what one is doing they will never know.

posted at 11:51pm Jan 27 PST


tunajohn says

Mr. Naylor

Thank you for commenting on my book and telling me of your publications on Blurb. Thanks for your dedication to sacred music and all the arts.

posted at 09:54pm Jan 27 PST

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