Hello! September’s pieces range from 1876 to 1916 and show great variety. We’re just back from OHS where the restored Flagler Festival Overture was offered for the first time. John Apple’s lectures on Flagler were warmly received, and I continue my plan to restore all of the individually published pieces by Flagler. The other three pieces this month are just as interesting.
ORGAN SHEET MUSIC
1. FESTIVAL OVERTURE, by Isaac van Vleck Flagler. Flagler’s dramatic overture did not get published before his death. George Whiting took the manuscript and had it published two years after Flagler’s death in 1909. I offer an organ roll produced by the Aeolian Organ Company. This would be a great opening piece for a concert.
2. TOCCATA IN D, by Rene Becker. He wrote a lot of toccatas, and this is the very first one he had published. Next month, we’ll see his Second Sonata.
3. CONCERT VARIATIONS ON NUREMBURG, by Eugene Thayer. If you don’t recognize this tune name, you will know it as “Liebster Jesu.” If you like, you could use a couple of the variations in a service instead of the whole set for a concert.
4. WHERE DUSK GATHERS DEEP, by Charles Stebbins. This is the first of a two-piece characteristic set; the second one will arrive next month. Stebbins wrote this short poem for the piece: “The cypress is sighing Where lilies are lying And dusk gathers deep.” You may remember Stebbins for his iconic “In Summer.”
MONTHLY DISCOUNT BUNDLE. There are several of you who buy all of the pieces I restore in order to support my work. Thank you very much! I have made a special page where everyone can buy all of the pieces announced 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 all for your encouragement and interest in this great organ music. If you don’t see the kind of music you like, email or call me with your suggestions.