This is one of the first organ pieces I ever heard, many moons ago, played in my parish church - a voluntary with fugue composed by blind composer John Stanley (1712-1786) who lived in London and was a friend of Handel. I have never heard it performed since, either live or on record. It was written for manuals only, but I have incorporated pedal to give more weight to the lower bass notes - I think the piece can take this. I find it an attractive piece - hope you enjoy it.
A fine piece -- lovely fugue -- and very well rendered, Eugene.
I agree with your editorial addition of pedal; without it, I think it might perhaps sound a bit too thin.
Perhaps Jonathan Orwig, our resident organmaster, will weigh in on this as well:
Unless I am mistaken, it was not uncommon for pieces of this period to be written for the manuals; with the intention that the organist performing the piece would pedal-point it himself, as practical for the instrument at hand.
I think David is right - I'm almost certain players would have added pedal notes as available. Most organs of that era in the UK did not have them, though.
Very nice rendition - only one minor quibble - on a real organ the echo passages would likely come off much softer, since the flutes are much less assertive than full organ
Someday we'll have GPOrgan to play with, and I imagine that will not only spur creativity, but also give the opportunity to help folks learn how to write better for the organ. I welcome that eventuality, and plan to offer tips when that time comes