March Mauro-Cottone Melodies, Eccentric Edmundson Epiphany, & Cuthbert’s Crazy Caprice

After more than a year of working on the restoration of the two volumes of Mauro-Cottone’s music, I am proud to announce it for March. If you don’t know about him, I hope you will read the capsule biography (link on the page) to learn about the life of this great organist. Epiphany is a simple program piece by Edmundson, suitable for a student. The last selection for March is the often-played toccata by Cuthbert Harris.


1 & 2. FAMOUS COMPOSITIONS AND TRANSCRIPTIONS, by Melchiorre Mauro-Cottone. He was born in Italy and moved to the United States for his career. He was a substitute organist at age 13, graduated from conservatory with highest honors and appointed assistant professor at age 19. After emigrating in 1908, he played at several churches in New York City, including St Ignatius Loyola and substituting for Pietro Yon at St Francis Xavier. He was hired as chief organist by Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel and played at many of his theatres. He played on the largest church and theatre organs in New York and had a daily radio program from the Capitol Theatre.

He played in Philadelphia at Wanamaker’s and the Sesquicentennial Exposition on the huge Austin organ. King Victor Emmanuel awarded him the Cross of Chevalier of the Crown of Italy, he was president of the Society of Theatre Organists, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree, he played at Carnegie Hall, he was organist for Central Synagogue, and he was organist for the New York York Philharmonic under Toscanini. His music is worth examination!

3. EPIPHANY, by Garth Edmundson. He uses three themes in this characteristic piece to present the story of the Magi as they travel through the desert towards Bethlehem. It was dedicated to Charles Courboin, and the pedal part is one note. 🙂

4. CAPRICE, by Cuthbert Harris. This is some of the happiest music you can possibly play! I offer three different recordings for you.

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.

Thank you for your interest in this music. Please encourage your favorite organist to play some of this “decadent” music. 🙂


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