Pedal Study, Chorale Canons, Parachutists March, and Our Old Folks

August is for many in the USA “vacation month.” I have chosen two selections which are indeed vacation-worthy, but the other two are solid technique builders. Read below to find out which is which.


1. TWO SETS OF VARIATIONS FOR PEDAL STUDY, by Eugene Thayer. John Apple chose these two for their pedal technique improvement and because they are not as easily available as much of Thayer’s other music. Besides, you need a few months to perfect Adeste Fideles!

2. TWO CANONS ON A CHORAL THEME, by August Haupt. If you know his name at all, it is because he taught nearly every American organist in the 19th century, including Thayer. Haupt was a lover of Bach and was known for his improvisations in the style of Bach. Here are two canons on a tune that Bach probably knew but didn’t use.

3. MARCHE OFFICIALE DES PARACHUTISTES BELGES, by Pierre Leemans, arranged by Allan Ontko. This well-known march was arranged by Allan back in 1996, and I thought its light military style with a bit of tongue-in-cheek added would be perfect for August.

4. OLD FOLKS AT HOME, by Stephen Foster, arranged by Wenham Smith. His dramatic variations on “Swanee River” were published during his first year (1888) as organist of the great Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. Oliver Ditson had taken over the piece but still did not credit Foster in the printed music. At least they removed the composer credit for E P Christy! I want to acknowledge the assistance of Sharon L Hettinger in preparing this restoration.

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 sharing your interest in this music by playing it and sharing it online. I hope someone will send me their recording of the Parachutists March so I can take off my computer’s “performance.” 🙂

I need some lead time for my mother to make the Organ Console Dust Cloths for Christmas. Last year, it was not possible to get enough in time, so this year I want to get an idea to give her time to prepare. To make things simple, I present choices below and you can just reply to me with the numbers you think you’ll need.

White: ___ Red: ___ Blue: ___ Green: ___ Pink: ___ Purple: ___ One Eighth Note: ___ Two Eighth Notes: ___ Treble Clef: ___


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