Category Archives: Education/Information

Books, articles, techniques, methods describing how to play, compose, and arrange for the organ

Popular, Classic Music – Not Church

Popular, Classic Music – Not Church I received a terrific note from a German organist who feels as I do that we should play and promote all organ music, not just that with a religious relation. So, after reading his … Continue reading

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World Water Day 2017

World Water Day 2017 In honor or World Water Day, March 22, 2017, I would like to offer some of the pieces I’ve restored that relate to water. Matthews.Fountain.html Fletcher.FountainReverie.html Savage.CascadesInTheSunlight.html Dethier.Caprice.html Strauss-Lemare.BlueDanube.html

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David Rumsey Died Last February

David Rumsey Died Last February David Rumsey died from cancer on the 12th of February this year. His website, www.davidrumsey.ch, will be maintained as a resource. David was supportive of John and my efforts in restoring worthy organ music. There … Continue reading

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Albert Ketèlbey and Reginald Foort

Albert Ketèlbey and Reginald Foort If you were to ask for two iconic British composers who were organists, the top answer might well be these two giants. I am pleased to offer a recording by Foort from 1929 of Ketèlbey’s … Continue reading

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One of the Worst

One of the Worst When looking for the best possible originals from which to make a restoration, I come across some with uneven quality. For this transcription, which runs 22 pages, I rejected it. There was just too much wrong … Continue reading

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For the Beginner at Improvising

For the Beginner at Improvising Take a look at organist education in 1931 in context of the instruments from that time. While organists should always listen to the responsiveness of the organs they are playing, it is of interest to … Continue reading

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Helping Upcoming Young People with Organ

“Just wanted to tell you I appreciate your service. A young organist, who is a friend of mine, was looking for a rare manuscript by Thomas (Fats) Waller of his arrangement of The Saint Louis Blues. You not only had … Continue reading

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Oh, the Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells

Oh, the Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells, Bells Listen to Reginald Dixon on the Blackpool Tower Ballroom play this beautiful Ketèlbey music as arranged by Gatty Sellars. There are a lot of organists who have access to chimes on their organs … Continue reading

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Richard and Betty Peek Tribute by John Apple

RICHARD AND BETTY PEEK TRIBUTE by John Apple Historian of Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists When I was in graduate school (1978-81) at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, I met Michael Johnston, a graduate church music major. … Continue reading

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Richard Peek Biography Added

I have added the capsule biography of Richard M Peek to the Biographies Page. I published A Festive March (Marche en Rondeau) back in 2010. I thought it would be really useful in services because he used to play it … Continue reading

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