Variations on Adeste Fideles
I hope I will get a taker for this request. I am working on restoring two of Eugene Thayer’s pieces that have not been as widely known as his others. Neither of these is on one of the free music sites and I am not aware that they have been recorded. So, when I finish the restoration, later in 2017, I will refund the cost of the purchased music upon receipt of a good recording of the entire “Variations on Adeste Fideles,” or “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” This piece deserves to be known!
Here’s a short review from 1873:
No. 14. From the Organ Repertoire, with pedalling and registration by Eugene Thayer, whose “Art of Organ Playing” we have previously reviewed. The very title, “Adeste Fideles,” to Catholic ears suggests the nativity. The frequent recurring hymn in the varied services through the Christmas holidays, it is, probably, more • familiar to young and old throughout Christendom than even Old Hundred. Its sweet stateliness was too precious for Protestants to lose, who love it, and sing it as the Portuguese Hymn. We have the theme, three variations, and a majestic finale. Effective on the organ, good practice for the student, and not too difficult for one who has acquired some little facility with the pedals.
—Old and New, “Musical Review,” Vol VII, May 1873