Nevin’s Sketches of the City in New Recording
Gordon Balch Nevin felt strongly that the average person could relate more to program music than to absolute music. This is, of course, not what we were taught in school! Way back in 1918, he wrote that organists had written to him stating a “distinct and emphatic mention of the enjoyment of the audience” for these suites in their programs. David E Lamb has played the entire suite, which isn’t very long, and he recreates the musicality and atmospheric effect of 1917 urban living and the during the dark hours of The Great War. I think from the glowing responses for David on Contrebombarde.com, you can believe that Nevin’s conclusion remains true today.
For a couple of photos, please see my post from 2016.