With Best Wishes of R S Stoughton

With Best Wishes of R S Stoughton

This was a “Professional Copy,” as you can in the image. This means that this music was given away to someone in the hope that they would play it or even record it. “By the Waters of Babylon” was published in 1920 by White-Smith Music Publishing Co. It was written by Leroy Spaulding Stoughton (1884–1953). He was known as Roy in his early life and then variously as R Spaulding Stoughton and, as above, R S Stoughton.

I offer more information on him, including a review of his “In Fairyland” found in The American Organist from 1919, on my page for the restored music.

The inscription above is:

Originally music for the Prologue of the Easter Pageant at First Universalist Church. With best wishes of R S Stoughton. [Worcester, Massachusetts]

 

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A March-Scherzo, a Sparkling Fountain, More Callaerts, and a Dancing Donkey

Many of us in the USA are preparing a Patriotic Program for next month, so I have decided to offer you four pieces that have nothing at all to do with Patriotic music. Please read below to see what is interesting to you. Also, should you be in need of something to add to your July 4th concert, please check my list at michaelsmusicservice.com/blog/?page_id=3012

ORGAN SHEET MUSIC

1. MARCH-SCHERZO by Clarence Kohlmann. I present this fun piece from 1931 by the organist of Ocean Grove Auditorium. He played this on the big Hope-Jones there, and it really filled the great space!
Kohlmann.March-Scherzo.html

2. THE FOUNTAIN SPARKLING IN THE SUNLIGHT, by Hugo Goodwin. This programmatic sketch from 1917 will take some work to learn, but the effect is striking.
Goodwin.FountainSparklingInTheSunlight.html

3. PIÈCES POUR ORGUE, OPUS 29 by Joseph Callaerts. This volume contains his brilliant Toccata in E-minor, his most popular piece. There is also an Offertoire and a Funeral March. I know it’s unusual, but I could see this Marche Funèbre in a Halloween program!
Callaerts.PiecesOpus29.html

4. DONKEY DANCE, by Robert Elmore. Put a little “hee-haw” in your program with Elmore’s clever novelty piece. Why not put this together with “On the Trail” from Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite? Rio.ArrangementsI.html contains the only organ arrangement of this ever published.
Elmore.DonkeyDance.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/201806.html

I hope some of you will make and share some videos of these so we can enjoy them. Thank you all for your interest in this music.

Cheers!
Michael

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Surprisingly Sudden Service

“Hello, Michael. Surprised to find my organ music in my mailbox today! Wow! Fast! I can’t wait to start learning it! Thank you so much.” —Missouri, USA

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Yon’s Complete Organ Works Recording

Yon’s Complete Organ Works Recording

I got this great news from a customer in Italy, and I wanted to share it with you. It’s time for this!

Hi Michael. First of all thank you for your wonderful work for organ music!

I confirm you that the download of The Heavens Heard Him went well.

It was a gift for a friend of mine, Elisa Teglia. She is a famous Italian organist and just now she is going to publish the world first integral Yon’s organ compositions recordings collection.

Please read about her work with Yon’s compositions at
elisateglia.it/en/2017/12/09/yon-integral-organ-composition-recording/

Read about and hear her other recordings at
elisateglia.it/en/music/

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Mauro-Cottone Autograph on Choral Music

Mauro-Cottone Autograph on Choral Music

Imagine the surprise when John Apple found this and multiple copies of it in the choral library at his new position at St Michael’s Anglican Church in Charlotte. Melchiorre Mauro-Cottone wrote choral music in addition to his organ music and regular improvisations on the New York City theatre organ scene.

The two volumes of his organ music that I have restored are found at:

Mauro-Cottone.FamousCompositions.html

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An Irish Legend, A Holy Night, A Special Star, and A Sentimental Meditation

An Irish Legend, A Holy Night, A Special Star, and A Sentimental Meditation

May’s pieces are an assortment that I think you will like. Two of them tell a story that everyone can enjoy, one is based on a hymntune, and one is a meditation. Please read below to see what is interesting to you.

ORGAN SHEET MUSIC

1. AN IRISH LEGEND by Roland Diggle. This theme and variations is in the spirit of Irish folk tunes and is perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day.
Diggle.IrishLegend.html

2. THE HOLY NIGHT, by George Vail. You may know his anthem, “King All Glorious,” but I’d like to show you his only published organ piece. His quiet pastorale contains “Silent Night” (Stille Nacht) and it is easy to learn.
Vail.HolyNight.html

3. MORAVIAN MORNING STAR by Harvey Gaul. This is Gaul’s free arrangement of the tune for “Morning Star, O Cheering Sight.” This colorful treatment would be an excellent introduction to the singing of the hymn.
Gaul.MoravianMorningStar.html

4. MEDITATION SENTIMENTALE, by Howard Savage. This lovely piece would sound good on any organ, church, concert, or theatre. There is an optional chime part, and I think it would fit in concert or for a funeral service. Its flexibility offers many uses.
Savage.MeditationSentimentale.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/201805.html

I hope some of you will make and share some videos of these so we can enjoy them. Thank you all for your interest in this music.

Cheers!
Michael

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2018 l’Organo Schedule Announced

L’Organo Recital Series 2018

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The great organ series in Charleston, South Carolina, is now announced for your elucidation and pleasure.

I’m not sure if we (michaelsmusicservice.com) will exhibit there, but we may come just to meet and greet. 🙂 So many organs and so many concerts, all in a small space that is walkable. Hope to see some of you there!

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Are We All Hiding Under A Bushel?

Where Have All the Organists Gone?

Most of us have heard that it is becoming harder to find organists. If a church or temple offers very little in salary and benefits, that is surely a guarantee that this will continue. I talked with a new barber today, and he said he went to a large church in a nearby town. He said that their room held 1500 and he always felt positive and uplifting upon leaving a service. I asked about an organ and an organist. He said that they had “an orchestra.” I asked about the denomination and it was Assemblies of God. So, they had what we all call a “Praise Band.” I asked about an electronic organ or perhaps a Hammond. He said they just had keyboards. But, he added that they had many drums and multiple percussionists. So, is this what church has in store in the future? These kind of groups have no use for an organist. Who knows if any of the instrumentalists are paid.

Anyway, this article is from the Baptist Press blog. I graduated from Mars Hill College, so I am familiar with Southern Baptists. Read it and see what you think.

Has playing the organ become a dying art? What has happened to the organists — the ones who read three staffs of music, dance on the pedals, maneuver multiple manuals, pull organ stops, push pistons, manipulate swell and crescendo pedals and follow a director — all at the same time? Is there no one else to sit on the bench where “Aunt Sally” sat for 40 years?

 

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Recording of Ellsasser’s “Toward Evening” Added

Recording of Ellsasser’s “Toward Evening” Added

Those who read the blog and my announcements know that I have completed restoration of all three of “Compositions for Organ” by Richard Ellsasser. I am pleased to share a recording of Number Two, “Toward Evening,” by David Christensen. He has made a beautiful video to go along with this relaxing music. For those who know Ellsasser for a completely different — shall we say — style, this piece shows the depth of the incredible talent that died with him at age of only 46.

Ellsasser.2.TowardEvening.html

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Ellsasser III, Walmisley’s Larghetto, Military Scene by AGO Founder, and Dello Joio’s Neopolitan Night

For April’s pieces, I have chosen some shorter pieces which together are priced at only $24 plus shipping. I think they are quality music, just short. Please read below to see what is interesting to you.

ORGAN SHEET MUSIC

1. PEACEFUL WATERS by Richard Ellsasser. This programmatic gem for soft strings and flutes is the last of the three published by R D Row in Boston.
Ellsasser.3.PeacefulWaters.html

2. LARGHETTO, by Thomas Attwood Walmisley. I have included much information on the short life of this talented organist on the page with this music. He was organist at St John’s and Trinity Colleges in Cambridge at the age of 19! He had a Sunday schedule that consisted of eight services (four morning, two afternoon and one evening) in four locations in Cambridge. Learn more about him and see his short and beautiful Larghetto at:
Walmisley.Larghetto.html

3. SCÈNE MILITAIRE by Herve Wilkins. You may know the name because he a Founder of the AGO, but he wrote this piece in 1888, eight years before the AGO began. (http://michaelsmusicservice.com/agofounders.html) This programmatic scene depicts an army of the 19th century with its firmness and assurance — plenty of trumpet calls and drum sounds in the pedal!
Wilkins.SceneMilitaire.html

4. NOTTURNO NAPOLETANO, by Casimiro Dello Joio. I’m sure many of you know the name of Norman Dello Joio; this was his father. He emigrated from Italy to New York City and Norman was born there. Casimiro wrote a lot of music, but this is his only organ piece. It depicts the memory of a night in Naples, and he dedicated it to Robert Elmore.
DelloJoio.NotturnoNapoletano.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/201804.html

Thank you all for sharing your interest in this music by playing it. I have received no recordings for these, and I would to get yours to share with our audience.

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