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Founders of the American Guild of Organists

In 1896, this group came together to create the AGO, a group of 145 organists and organ lovers who desired to bind themselves together around the central interest of the organ. Others have produced excellent articles on the history of the AGO and its founding members. The purpose of this list is to present a simple list with a few facts about each and where their music may be obtained. Corrections and additions are welcomed!

Founders’ Organ Music Currently Available for Sale

Publishers listed with links below offer these pieces for sale. It is often easier to buy through a local music dealer if one is available to you. For the US, I recommend Lois Fyfe Music, and for the UK, I recommend Presto or Music Room. Some, including MMS ship worldwide.

  • Benjamin Dwight Allen (1831-1914)
  • Nathan Henry Allen (1848-1925)
  • George Whitfield Andrews (1861-1932)
  • James Warren Andrews (1860-1932)
  • Victor Baier (1861-1921)
  • Alfred Stubbs Baker (1869-1897)
  • Samuel Atkinson Baldwin (1862-1949)
  • Homer Newton Bartlett (1846-1920)
  • Franklin Bassett (1852-1915)
  • William Kipp Bassford (1839-1902)

  • John C Batchelder (1850-1920)
  • John W Bischoff (1850-1909)
  • Robert Bonner (1854-1899)
  • Edward Morris Bowman (1848-1913)
  • John Hyatt Brewer (1856-1931)
  • William Otis Brewster (1844-1898)
  • Henry Eyre Brown (1846-1925)
  • Dudley Buck (1839-1909)
    • Concert Variations on the “Star Spangled Banner,” Op 23 ARE WLE
    • Four Tone Pictures:
      1. Sunshine and Shadow MMS
      2. On the Coast MMS
      3. The Holy Night (Noël) MMS
      4. Choral March (in Canon Form) MMS
    • Grand Sonata in Eb, Op 22 ARE WLE
    • Home, Sweet Home, Op 30 MMS
    • Impromptu-Pastorale, Op 27 MMS
    • Second Sonata in G minor, Op 77 ARE WLE
    • Six Short Choral Preludes, Op 49 MMS
    • Triumphal March, Op 26 MMS
    • Variations on “Last Rose of Summer,” Op 59 ARE WLE
    • Variations on a Scotch Air, Op 51 “Annie Laurie” ARE WLE
    • Variations on Foster’s Melody “Old Folks at Home” ARE WLE
    • Wedding March in Bb, Op 44 MMS
  • John Duncan Buckingham (1855-1928)
  • George Albert Burdett (1856-1943)

  • John Spencer Camp (1858-1946)
  • William Crane Carl (1865-1936)
  • George Buonaparte Carter (1864-1935)
  • John P Caulfield (1838-1916)
  • George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931)
    • Canon, from Op 16 JButz
    • Ten Canonic Studies LM
    • Suite in Variation Form MMS
    • Theme, Variations and Fugue MMS
    • Three Pieces (Elegy, In Tadaussac Church, Pastorale) LM
  • William Sidell Chester (1865-1900)
  • Kate Sara Chittenden (1856-1949)
  • Seth Colegrove Clark (1864-1942)
  • Walter John Clemson (1857-1945)
  • William Brewster Colson Jr (1846-1934)

  • Charles Whitney Coombs (1859-1940)
  • Horton Corbett (1859-1897)
  • Newton John Corey (1861-1922)
  • Michael Hurley Cross (1833-1897)
  • Richard W Crowe (1847-1906)
  • Gaston-Marie Dethier (1875-1958)
  • Clarence Dickinson (1873-1969)
    • Danse Macabre (Saint-Saëns) MMS
    • Ride of the Valkyrs (Wagner) MMS
    • Turkish March Duet from “The Ruins of Athens” (Beethoven) MMS
  • John Frank Donahoe (1856-1925)
  • Frank George Dossert (1861-1924)
  • Louis Raphael Dressler (1861-1932)

  • Henry Effingham Duncan (1855-1935)
  • Henry Morton Dunham (1853-1929)
    • Andante No 1 MMS
    • Festival March, Op 15 MMS
    • First Sonata in G Minor, Op 10 MMS
    • Theme and Variations for Piano and Organ Duet, Op 18 MMS
  • Ferdinand Dunkley (1869-1956)
  • Hiram Clarence Eddy (1851-1937)
    • Festival Prelude and Fugue on “Old Hundred” MMS
  • Charles Samuel Elliot (1846-1910)
  • James Remington Fairlamb (1838-1908)
  • Louis Falk (1848-1925)
  • Mary Chappell Fisher (1864–1947)
  • Isaac Van Vleck Flagler (1840-1909)
    • Alpine Fantasy and Storm MMS
    • Concert Variations on “America” MMS
    • Festival Overture MMS
    • Orgelwerke (10 pieces from “Flagler’s New Collection Series”) JButz
    • Paraphrase on “Robin Adair” MMS
    • Variations on an American Air MMS
  • Caryl Florio (1843-1920)

  • Arthur William Foote (1853-1937)
    • Christmas, Op 80 LM
    • Complete Organ Works in 2 Volumes WLE
    • Postlude JButz
    • Seven Compositions, Op 71 LM
    • Six Pieces, Op 50 LM
    • Suite in D, Op 54 LM
    • Three Compositions, Op 29 LM
  • Charles Bigelow Ford (1867-1942)
  • Gideon Froelich (1845-aft1920)
  • Clement Rowland Gale (1862-1934)
  • Walter Church Gale (1871-1938)
  • Frank Gatward (1855-1933)
  • William Wallace Gilchrist (1846-1916)
  • John Henry Gower (1855-1922)
  • George Myron Greene (1850-1930)
  • John Walter Hall (1860-1916)

  • Walter Edward Hall (1858-1910)
  • Walter Henry Hall (1862-1935)
  • William Churchill Hammond (1860-1949)
  • Henry Granger Hanchett (1853-1918)
  • Warren Rosecrans Hedden (1861-1930)
  • James Morris Helfenstein (1868-1953)
  • Albert Junos Holden (1841-1916)
  • Henry S Houseley (1851-1925)
  • Christopher Albertus Wickes Howland (1868-1949)
  • Henry Holden Huss (1862-1953)

  • Charles Taylor Ives (1864-1948)
  • Louis C Jacoby (1848-1921)
  • Wilhelm (William) Kaffenberger (1847-1923)
  • George Allen Kies (1854-1936)
  • Bruno Oscar Klein (1858-1911)
  • Anton F Koerner (1854-1935)
  • Leo Kofler (1837-1908)
  • Ernest Richard Kroeger (1862-1934)
  • Benjamin Johnson Lang (1837-1909)
  • George Fitzcurwood LeJeune (1841-1904)

  • Henry (Harry) W F Lindsley (c1858-aft1934)
  • Warren Andrew Locke (1847-1920)
  • George Henry Lomas (1858-1943)
  • Peter Christian Lutkin (1858-1931)
  • William E MacClymont (1872-1918)
  • Hamilton Crawford MacDougall (1858-1945)
    • Dramatic Pedal Studies MMS
  • William Charles Macfarlane (1870-1945)
    • Chanson Joyeuse MMS
    • Evening Bells and Cradle-Song MMS
    • Lullaby MMS
    • Scherzo MMS
    • Two Compositions: Reverie & Spring Song MMS
  • Arthur Livingston Manchester (1862-1946)
  • Eduardo Matzo (1852-1929)
  • Wilhelm Middelschulte (1863-1943)
    • Complete Organ Works (5 Volumes) Baer
    • Perpetuum Mobile (At the Organ with Virgil Fox) Alf

  • John Jacob Miller (1861-1937)
  • Russell King Miller (1871-1939)
  • Albert Gore Mitchell (1850-1933)
  • Lewis H Moore (1855-1934)
  • Charles Henry Morse (1853-1927)
    • Andante Cantabile (Tchaikovsky) MMS
  • Joseph Mosenthal (1834-1896)
  • William Edward Mulligan (1858-1913)
  • John Knowles Paine (1839-1906)
    • Andante con Variatione, Op 17 WLE
    • Concert Variations on Old Hundredth LM WLE
    • Concert Variations on the Austrian Hymn WLE
    • Deux Préludes WLE
    • Doppel Fuge über “Heil dir im Siegeskranz,” Op 2 No 2 WLE
    • Fantasia and Fugue, Op 2 No 1 WLE
    • Fantasie über “Ein’ feste Burg,” Op 13 LM WLE
    • Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, Op 1 No 2 WLE
    • Prelude in C Minor WLE
    • The Star Spangled Banner Concert Variations MMS WLE
  • George Albert Parker (1856-1939)
  • Horatio William Parker (1863-1919)
    • Five Sketches, Op 32 JButz
    • Marcia Religiosa JButz
    • Quick March (organ duet) MMS
    • Postlude JButz
    • Sonata in Eb, Op 65 WLE

  • Smith Newell Penfield (1837-1920)
  • Richard Truman Percy (1869-1945)
  • Stacy Gardner Potts (1858-1898)
  • George Bassett Prentice (1848-1907)
  • Minton Pyne (1855-1904)
  • Thomas Radcliffe (1855-1906)
  • Mallinson Randall (1865-1932)
  • Louis Arthur Russell (1854-1925)
  • Charles B Rutenber (1850-1918)
  • Charlotte Welles Saenger (1866-1949)

  • Sumner Salter (1856-1944)
    • Romance (Sibelius) MMS
  • Carl G Schmidt (1868-1938)
  • Peter August Schnecker (1850-1903)
  • Frank Linwood Sealy (1858-1938)
  • Harry Rowe Shelley (1858-1947)
    • Fanfare d’Orgue OHS
    • Scherzo-Mosaic (Dragonflies) MMS
  • Charles Wenham Smith (1851-1920)
  • Gerrit Smith (1859-1912)
  • Frank Treat Southwick (1858-1948)
  • Fannie Morris Spencer (1867-1943)
  • Nathan Brown Sprague (1863-bef1917)

  • Albert Augustus Stanley (1851-1932)
  • George Waring Stebbins (1869-1930)
  • Humphrey John Stewart (1856-1932)
  • Samuel Tudor Strang (1855-1921)
    • Cantique d’Amour MMS
    • Festal March MMS
  • George Edward Stubbs (1857-1937)
  • Allen Webster Swan (1852-1924)
  • Frank Taft (1861-1947)
  • Henry Gordon Thunder Jr (1865-1958)
  • James Benton Tipton (1854-1902)
  • Everett Ellsworth Truette (1861-1933)
    • Communion, Op 20 JButz
    • Hymnus, Op 31 No 2 MMS
    • Suite in G Minor, Op 29 MMS
    • Vesper Hymn, Op 31 No 4 MMS

  • Abram Ray Tyler (1868-1940)
  • James Edgar Van Olinda (1854-1931)
  • George William Warren (1828-1902)
  • Richard Henry Warren (1859-1933)
  • Samuel Prowse Warren (1841-1915)
    • Bridal Song (Jensen) MMS
    • Notturno from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Mendelssohn) MMS
    • Old German Song (Mendelssohn) MMS
    • Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Mendelssohn) MMS
    • Overture to “Oberon” (Weber) MMS
    • Overture to “Tannhäuser” (Wagner) MMS
    • Scherzo from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Mendelssohn) MMS
  • George Elbridge Whiting (1840-1924)
    • Concert Etudes, Op 51 MMS
    • Grand Sonata, Op 25 MMS
    • Pastorale MMS
    • Processional Prelude MMS
    • Sancta Maria MMS
  • Samuel Brenton Whitney (1842-1914)
    • Canon in Octave MMS
    • Canon in Octave (Bungert) MMS
    • Cavatina (Raff) MMS
    • Onward Christian Soldiers (Sullivan) MMS
    • Processional Grand March MMS
    • Vorspiel from Lohengrin (Wagner) MMS
  • Harrison Major Wild (1861-1929)
  • Herve Dwight Wilkins (1848-1913)
    • Auld Lang Syne Concert Paraphrase MMS
  • Robert J Winterbottom (1855-1941)

  • John Frederick Wolle (1863-1933)
  • David Duffield Wood (1838-1910)
  • William Henry Woodcock (1850-1926)
  • Raymond Huntington Woodman (1861-1943)
  • Frank Wright (1865-1939)
 

There are other sources for finding music of the Founders of the AGO. There are sites which carry used music such as Ebay and Amazon. There are some second-hand stores that carry music from time to time such as used book stores, Goodwill, and Salvation Army; these are not online. In many cases, it is possible to borrow music from a local public or school library and through Interlibrary Loan. I have also found interesting music at neighborhood yard sales! There are download sites, some of which come and go and offer badly scanned and sometimes incomplete online documents, and there are substantial sites such as the Sibley Library of Eastman School that hold a strong commitment to quality and integrity. These sites will continue only as long as the money from the school or from donors keep them going. A special consideration for these download sites is that music from the Founders was printed at a time when paper sizes were much larger than those of today, and the resulting shrunken image may be difficult to read and your normal thin copy paper may curl and fall off the rack.

The sources I have listed have proven to me to be good, reliable, and professional in their business. Nothing irritates a customer like having an item on order for weeks only to be told (or not told!) that it is unavailable after all. Also, some but not all “Print on Demand” services do not actually have the music; they hope they can find it and copy it if and when someone orders it.

This project of accumulating, organizing, and presenting our AGO Founders was an exercise in examining detail and correcting the tiniest and most insidious of errors. The resources used ranged from The Story of the American Guild of Organists by Samuel Atkinson Baldwin, H W Gray, 1946, to “American Guild of Organists Centennial: The Founders of the AGO—Who Were They?” by Barbara Owen, The American Organist, February 1996. It was important to corroborate the information because there were so many tiny errors in things such as middle initials and dates of birth and death, and for this A Directory of Composers for Organ, Third Edition, by John Henderson, was invaluable. Lastly, the Google online collection of digitized volumes of periodicals proved useful in settling differences. The researchers whose efforts made this possible included John Apple, Stephen Best, and Michael Johnston. May this list of the 145 Founders be of interest to organists and may it serve to help spur interest in getting some of their existing music played for those hearing it for the first time today.


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