Greetings! Can you believe it’s June already! My selections this month include a great transcription of a famous orchestral piece, some forgotten music, some unusual Communion music, and a Pope-less March. Thank you very much to those of you who have helped make some of these possible.
ORGAN SHEET MUSIC
1. AGNUS DEI, by Seth Bingham. Last month, you saw an Agnus Dei by Georges Bizet, and this month’s Agnus Dei couldn’t be more different. Bingham’s music is contemplative, spiritual, and you can easily find a place for it in your repertoire. This is not intended solely as liturgical music; here is some of the back story. Bingham dedicated the piece to E H Geer who was professor of music at Vassar College. Geer gave organ concerts every Sunday night with no lights in the room save the console lamp; these concerts were known as “dark music.” Bingham’s Agnus Dei was a perfect fit.
2. THE ORGANIST’S JOURNAL, published by William E Ashmall. These six pieces were included in Volume 22 (1916), Number 10, and John Apple chose this issue because of the inclusion of the rare piece by Gatty Sellars. The Chorale-Rhapsodie (1909) was dedicated to his father, and you can see the effort he expended in writing it. Sellars played all kinds of organs and was known as “The world’s greatest descriptive organist.” You can watch him in action at youtube.com
3. MARCHE PONTIFICALE by Rene Becker. I called this “Pope-less” because I was unable to connect it to a Pope. Becker wrote this march in 1915 while living in Illinois. Benedict XV had been chosen in 1914. Therefore, I have concluded that this is another melodic, mildly-pompous march that is a great deal of fun to play … with no Papal connection!
4. OVERTURE TO LIGHT CAVALRY, by Franz von Suppe, transcribed by Edwin Evans. (This is Edwin Evans, Senior, and not his son the music critic.) In my project to restore many of the transcriptions by Evans, the requests for Light Cavalry won. Needless to say, this would be a hit at any concert!
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.
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