A Princely Toccata, a Harp Solo, a New World Largo, and More Belgium Gems

April’s pieces begin with the only published organ piece of the late Bruce Prince-Joseph. There is a lovely solo for harp and the most recognizable Largo your audience will know, “Goin’ Home.” The last is another volume of the music by the great Belgian organist, Joseph Callaerts.


1. TOCCATA GIOVANE, by Bruce Prince-Joseph. The title means “Youthful Toccata” and you will enjoy playing it with lots of youthful energy. I offer recordings and a link to Lucas Fletcher’s Honors Paper on the Toccata and Bruce’s life as well as other links that will give you more information on the life of this beloved organist.

2. ARPA NOTTURNA, by Pietro Yon. Yon’s “Evening Harp” is a calm piece to put between your dramatic music and show off your harp. Yon had a harp on his Kilgen in Carnegie Hall, and your organ might have one, too. It’s not too hard and it’s effective, even if you have to substitute for a harp stop.

3. LARGO FROM THE SYMPHONY, “FROM THE NEW WORLD,” by Antonin Dvorak, transcribed by Caspar Koch. Koch’s transcription is unusual because, unlike others such as that from Edwin H Lemare, it contains every measure of the orchestral score. It is especially effective due to the inclusion of the entire middle section, making the reprise of the opening chords truly moving.

4. PIECES POUR ORGUE, OPUS 20, by Joseph Callaerts. The second volume of his pieces I chose to restore contains three titles surely useful to everyone. I was originally inspired by emails from organists who wanted more music from Belgian composers. Callaerts (1830–1901) was born in Antwerp and studied with Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens, where he won first prize in organ in 1856. He served as organist of the Cathedral in Antwerp and taught organ and harmony at the Antwerpse Muziekschool from 1867 until his death in 1901. He wrote around 60 pieces of organ music. Opus *20* contains the “Marche Solennelle” for which I offer a recording. Give it a listen!

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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