Category Archives: Education/Information

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

Chautauqua, Here We Come

Organ Concerts A Celebration of the Organ’s Survival Here is a story that will make you feel good about what’s doing in Chautauqua. I’m especially proud that Jared has chosen to play some of the music that I’ve restored (Dawn … Continue reading

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Man-made versus Reproduced Music

The Menace of Mechanical Music From Appleton’s Magazine from 1906, I present some of the most impressive prognostication of all time. Children are naturally imitative, and if, in their infancy, they hear only phonographs, will they not sing, if they … Continue reading

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The fight to save New York’s historic Erben Organ

The Fight to Save New York’s Historic Erben Organ There’s not much to the video part of this story from CBSN, but it is a powerful story about our heritage and the musical and religious history of New York City. … Continue reading

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Thayer Organ Organ Restoration Is Complete

Thayer Organ Organ Restoration Is Complete John Apple brought this to my attention, and I want to pass it on to you. The North Universalist Chapel Society houses this important organ, and this page of their website explains the detail … Continue reading

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Grand-daughter and Great Grandfather Found

“Thank you for the opportunity to acquire the score for Fantasia on My Old Kentucky Home by J E W Lord, who was my great-grandfather. While Googling his name, we came across your website and, with great delight, his composition. … Continue reading

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Gatty Sellars Music and American Tour

Gatty Sellars Music and American Tour Enjoy this brief article from 1916 which appeared in multiple publications announcing the fifth American tour for Sellars. It also includes mention of this month’s restoration of his “Fancies”: Fischer & Bro are “… … Continue reading

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Hungarian March Is Also Known as Rákóczi March

Hungarian March Is Also Known as Rákóczi March An organist asked me today after hearing “The Rákóczy March” (alternate spelling) on the radio if we had a transcription of it. He could not find it on the website because he … Continue reading

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René Becker: An Organist and His Music

René Becker: An Organist and His Music René Louis Becker (1882-1956) was born in Alsace but lived mostly in the United States. He played as church organist, recitalist, and accompanist, and wrote 152 organ pieces. That’s the briefest description of … Continue reading

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L’Organo 2017

L’Organo 2017 Dr Robert Gant is the chairman for this year’s L’Organo series, and he sent me some beautiful materials to share. Here is the schedule for 2017, the entire series of organ concerts for Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, South … Continue reading

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Sinking of Titanic in Organ Music

Sinking of Titanic in Organ Music After a recent organ concert which contained music by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, John Apple was talking with Stefan Engels, and he related a short story about the Titanic, “Nearer My God to Thee,” and a … Continue reading

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