Hungarian March Is Also Known as Rákóczi March

Hungarian March Is Also Known as Rákóczi March

An organist asked me today after hearing “The Rákóczy March” (alternate spelling) on the radio if we had a transcription of it. He could not find it on the website because he was searching for the name and not for “Hungarian March.” Herbert Brewer’s transcription is titled “Hungarian March,” and I forgot to add anything about Rákóczy on the page. Ouch!

The Prince of Transylvania, shown above, had a favorite march and this is it. Hungarians formally list names beginning with the surname, so he is seen both as II Rákóczi Ferenc or Ferenc Rákóczi II.

See more about the history of the march on Wikipedia and more about Brewer’s transcription on Berlioz-Brewer.HungarianMarch.html.

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Prompt Dispatch of Music

I’m very belatedly replying to this — just to thank you for the prompt dispatch of my music (the Edmundson ‘Von Himmel Hoch’) and the way it was packaged, etc. Good luck with the business. Best wishes. —United Kingdom

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Marche Pontificale Needs To Be Learned First

“Michael, thanks for the music. It arrived this morning and I think that the Marche Pontificale needs to be learned first. Thanks again.” —Ohio, USA

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René Becker: An Organist and His Music

René Becker: An Organist and His Music

René Louis Becker (1882-1956) was born in Alsace but lived mostly in the United States. He played as church organist, recitalist, and accompanist, and wrote 152 organ pieces.

That’s the briefest description of this man. Next, comes Steven Ball’s 2012 capsule biography of him which I present on my Biographies page. It’s just one short page and tells you more information and will prompt you (I hope) to want to learn and play more of his music.

For the full story, you should read Damin Spritzer’s doctoral dissertation, also from 2012: Overview and Introduction to the Organ Music of Alsatian-American Composer René Louis Becker.

Here is a list of his pieces that I have restored; some of these pages have recordings.

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Really Splendid Editions

Got it. Really splendid editions. I’m very pleased! —Maryland, USA

I love comments like this! It’s short and clear. Perhaps some of you do not send in comments on your orders because you think that they need to be long and highly formatted. Not so! Use your phone and send in a couple of thoughts, anything you like.

Just for information, the order for the comment above was a fine selection:

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Seth’s Lamb, Ashmall’s Six, René’s March, and Evans’s Horses

Greetings! Can you believe it’s June already! My selections this month include a great transcription of a famous orchestral piece, some forgotten music, some unusual Communion music, and a Pope-less March. Thank you very much to those of you who have helped make some of these possible.

ORGAN SHEET MUSIC

1. AGNUS DEI, by Seth Bingham. Last month, you saw an Agnus Dei by Georges Bizet, and this month’s Agnus Dei couldn’t be more different. Bingham’s music is contemplative, spiritual, and you can easily find a place for it in your repertoire. This is not intended solely as liturgical music; here is some of the back story. Bingham dedicated the piece to E H Geer who was professor of music at Vassar College. Geer gave organ concerts every Sunday night with no lights in the room save the console lamp; these concerts were known as “dark music.” Bingham’s Agnus Dei was a perfect fit.
Bingham.AgnusDei.html

2. THE ORGANIST’S JOURNAL, published by William E Ashmall. These six pieces were included in Volume 22 (1916), Number 10, and John Apple chose this issue because of the inclusion of the rare piece by Gatty Sellars. The Chorale-Rhapsodie (1909) was dedicated to his father, and you can see the effort he expended in writing it. Sellars played all kinds of organs and was known as “The world’s greatest descriptive organist.” You can watch him in action at youtube.com
Ashmall.V22N10P149.html

3. MARCHE PONTIFICALE by Rene Becker. I called this “Pope-less” because I was unable to connect it to a Pope. Becker wrote this march in 1915 while living in Illinois. Benedict XV had been chosen in 1914. Therefore, I have concluded that this is another melodic, mildly-pompous march that is a great deal of fun to play … with no Papal connection!
Becker.MarchePontificale.html

4. OVERTURE TO LIGHT CAVALRY, by Franz von Suppe, transcribed by Edwin Evans. (This is Edwin Evans, Senior, and not his son the music critic.) In my project to restore many of the transcriptions by Evans, the requests for Light Cavalry won. Needless to say, this would be a hit at any concert!
Suppe-Evans.LightCavalry.html

MONTHLY DISCOUNT BUNDLE. To get the four pieces mentioned above, I offer a special price so you can buy all of the pieces above with one click and save money in the deal. I welcome your support, and if you don’t want to play a particular piece in the group, consider giving it to a student or another organist.
MonthlyBundles/201706.html

Thank you for sharing your interest in this music by playing it and sharing it online.

Cheers!
Michael

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L’Organo 2017

L’Organo 2017

Dr Robert Gant is the chairman for this year’s L’Organo series, and he sent me some beautiful materials to share. Here is the schedule for 2017, the entire series of organ concerts for Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, South Carolina. There are more organ events in the two week period of the Festival than you are likely to find anywhere. The artists include William Gudger, Julia Harlow, Joby Bell, and several other favorite organists. Two organs of special interest are those in the Huguenot Church and the Chapel at The Citadel. Nearly all of the concerts are within walking distance if you stay in the historic district.

If you would like to peruse this year’s program book, here is an online viewing option.


If you go, take a small notebook and jot down a few notes so you can prepare a review. If you don’t have a place to publish it, send it me and I’ll post it here as I have in past years. And if you do have a spot to publish it, send me a link and I’ll share it.

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New Recordings for Three of This Month’s Pieces

New Recordings for Three of This Month’s Pieces

I am happy to announce three recordings from the May Announcement!

From Steve Schlesing, we hear a dramatic performance of Gatty Sellars’s arrangement of the famous Intermezzo from the incidental music to Bizet’s “L’Arlésienne.”

Bizet-Sellars.AgnusDei.html

And here are two of the pieces from James Pearce’s “Arrangements for the Organ” as played by John Apple on an Organcraft organ. (Bet you haven’t heard of that before!) They are Schumann’s Träumerei (Scenes from Childhood) and Bennett’s Theme (Piano Forte Concerto).

Pearce.ArrangementsForTheOrgan.html

 

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Praise for PDFs

“Thanks so much for providing this PDF service and making this music available. I will definitely be ordering more from you.” —via email

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Pearce Pieces, Italian Songs, Sellars Lamb, and Incredible Trouble

Greetings, everyone. The four selections for May have as much diversity as you could imagine. There are transcriptions of famous instrumental music, Italian hymns and patriotic songs, and a beloved spiritual.

NOTE ON SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE USA. I now have a better deal on international shipping, so I have decreased the charge for it by $2 per order. This will help those who have had to pay extra when our post office increased and changed the rate structure a few years ago. Hurrah!

ORGAN SHEET MUSIC

1. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ORGAN, by James Pearce. I have wanted to restore these transcriptions more than any other music — ever. They are faithful to the originals, the originals are beautiful and known everywhere, and they are playable by any organist, no matter how limited in technique. I urge you to look at these!
Pearce.ArrangementsForTheOrgan.html

2. RAPSODIA ITALIANA, by Pietro Yon. If you know these Italian patriotic and Piedmontese melodies, great. But even if you don’t, Yon adds enough character to sell them to any audience. I offer two recordings for you to sample.
Yon.RapsodiaItaliana.html

3. AGNUS DEI by Georges Bizet, transcribed by Gatty Sellars. By now, you all know that I am attempting to put all of the music of Gatty Sellars back in print. Here is his version of the famous melody (the Entr’acte of Scene 2 of Act II) from the incidental music to “L’Arlesienne,” as sung to the Agnus Dei.
Bizet-Sellars.AgnusDei.html

4. NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I’VE SEEN, by Clarence Kohlmann. You know his name from his long association with Ocean Grove and his famous storm music. This is a fine arrangement of a spiritual that could easily be used as service music. It’s not difficult and treats the melody with respect.
Kohlmann.NobodyKnowsTheTroubleIveSeen.html

MONTHLY DISCOUNT BUNDLE. To get the four pieces mentioned above, I offer a special price so you can buy all of the pieces above with one click and save money in the deal. I welcome your support, and if you don’t want to play a particular piece in the group, consider giving it to a student or another organist.
MonthlyBundles/201705.html

Thank you for sharing your interest in this music by playing it and telling others.

Cheers!
Michael

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