Adeste Fideles: O Come, All Ye Willing

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

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2 Responses to Adeste Fideles: O Come, All Ye Willing

  1. George Murphy says:

    This is a piece for ‘pedal study.’ and actually indicates “senza pedal” at the outset – the introductory theme. Should this be considered contradictory? No! Actually, it is perfectly legitimate for two specific reasons:

    1] A familiar theme utilizing a manuals-only beginning will give a clear opening to the pedal work to follow.

    2] Dupre was known to have stated (as per his teacher, Guilmant) that when he thought the piano would be history as he commenced organ study, the latter explained the continuation of the piano as a pivotal part of playing the organ, effectively and musically. Dupre affirmed later on in his career that a person’s success as a master of pedal technique depends wholly on his and her work on the piano.

    My belief is that (and I follow it religiously) all organ pieces must be worked out on the piano prior to their application to the organ.

    Finally, I am looking forward to this great piece from Thayer to be printed, probably in time for the Christmas season – 2017.

  2. Edward Peterson says:

    I would be very interested in see this published and will buy a copy of it.

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