Category Archives: Education/Information

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

Liszt’s Les Préludes in New Recording

Liszt’s Les Préludes in New Recording Those of you who follow my transcriptions of major works may remember that I have restored two versions of Liszt’s popular orchestral tone poem. One is by the blind violinist and organist, Edwin Grasse, … Continue reading

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Wood’s Scenes In Northumberland in New Recording

Wood’s Scenes In Northumberland in New Recording David E Lamb has played the entire suite of four pieces, which isn’t very long, but he presents the feel and presence of Northumbria/Northumberland for all to enjoy. I highly recommend listening to … Continue reading

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Weihnactslied, Stille Nacht, Silent Night 200 Years Old

Silent Night Four Ways In 1815, Joseph Mohr (1792–1848) was ordained a priest. Fr Joseph became Assistant Parish Priest for St Nikolas Kirche in Oberndorf, Austria, in 1817. One year prior to this, in 1816, he wrote a poem titled … Continue reading

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Mueller’s Copy of Harker’s Two Compositions, Op 52

Mueller’s Copy of Harker’s Two Compositions, Op 52 Sometimes, I am asked (or accused) of using music scanned and downloaded from one of the free sites. First, I need an original to restore. You can’t restore what isn’t there, and … Continue reading

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Wesley C Dudley Dead at Age 85

Wesley C Dudley Dead at Age 85 Below is the obituary for the great patron of the organ who died a few days ago. Pictured above is Mr and Mrs Wesley C Dudley, as you hear it on every episode … Continue reading

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The Race to Repair Chautauqua’s Massey Memorial Organ

The Race to Repair Chautauqua’s Massey Memorial Organ I haven’t seen much notice about this excellent article from June 22 about what’s going on with the repairs to the organ at Chautauqua, so I’m drawing attention to it here. It … Continue reading

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Not Unduly Griegesque

Not Unduly Griegesque I present a review for your historical enjoyment from 1921. It’s for Joseph Clokey’s “In a Norwegian Village.” The reviewer was not aware of the tune’s being known in Norway and instead tried to create a link … Continue reading

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Closely Resembles a Little Tune from Childhood

“I was instantly captivated by listening to In a Norwegian Village and immediately purchased it. My beloved stepfather was Norwegian and the theme of Clokey’s piece very closely resembles a little tune from childhood that he would sometimes hum. Maybe … Continue reading

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Nevin’s Sketches of the City in New Recording

Nevin’s Sketches of the City in New Recording Gordon Balch Nevin felt strongly that the average person could relate more to program music than to absolute music. This is, of course, not what we were taught in school! Way back … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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