Greetings, everyone. For the month of August, I am proud to present my largest organ work which was written for a now-destroyed fresco here in Charlotte. The other pieces include music by an organist who has “Handel” as one of his names and whose music has been recommended to me many times. After offering several difficult transcriptions, I have tried to include some things that are not hard.
ORGAN SHEET MUSIC
1. MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SPIRIT, by Michael Johnston. The celebrated fresco artist, Ben Long, painted the front wall of St Peter’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, in 1989. I was commissioned to write a piece of organ music for the dedication, and this is that piece. Unfortunately in 2002, during construction of an office tower a few blocks away, a large explosion produced to dig the basement resulted in vibration which broke windows and destroyed the fresco. I include photos of the fresco and excellent notes on the music written by the commissioner.
2. THE MARCH OF THREE KINGS, by T Frederick H Candlyn. Several organists have recommended his music for restoration, and so I am starting with his arrangement of the famous melody, “La Marche des Rois.” Many people know this melody from its use in Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite. Epiphany concerts, anyone?
3. SANCTA MARIA, by George Whiting. Subtitled “A Hymn for Organ,” Sancta Maria is from a series published by John Church & Co in 1878 of music performed on the organ in the Cincinnati Music Hall. The Hook & Hastings “Great Organ” is long gone but the Music Hall still stands. August 15, two weeks away, is a widely-observed Marian Feast Day, and this piece fits it well.
4. FESTIVAL PIECE, by Charles Stebbins. He dedicated this ‘Festival Piece for Pipe-Organ’ in 1905 to his mother. Stebbins was 31 years old when G Schirmer published this, his first organ piece. It’s a march with harmonies that I would not have expected in organ music from this year.
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.
Thank you so much for your interest. We’ll have some more transcriptions next month.