Edwin Henry Lemare

Edwin Henry LemareEdwin Lemare was born at Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England, September 9, 1865, and died September 24, 1934.

He won the Goss scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in 1878 and subsequently became a Fellow of that institution and was also appointed, in 1884, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

He held various important organ appointments, but while at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London, and at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, became so famous as a concert organist that he gave up church work.

He not only possessed rare gifts as an interpreter of “legitimate” organ music, but was also specially noted for his organ adaptations of orchestral works.

He visited America several times, and in 1902 was appointed organist at Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh, but after two years returned to England.

He also visited Australia.

Lemare’s compositions include some important contributions to the higher branches of organ music and a large number of remarkably beautiful pieces in the smaller forms.

Some of the best known of the shorter works are:

  • Andantino in D lfat
  • Marche Moderne
  • Spring Song
  • Bercesue
  • Pastorale in E
  • Elegy
  • Gavotte Moderne
  • Romance in D flat
  • Reverie (which is in 5/4 rhythm)

His published organ transcriptions are also numerous, and a good example is the arrangement of Chopin’s E flat Nocturne.