Summer Fancies, Vodorinski Three, Toy March, and Prometheus Creatures

Greetings, everyone. September’s offerings include a last fling of Summer (and it’s not The Last Rose of Summer), a March of the Toys, and a transcription of Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus. The most unusual item, though, is a set of three by the little-known composer, Anton Vodorinski. Read below for the full story.


1. SUMMER FANCIES, by Rossetter Cole. Close out your summer with Cole’s pastoral light-hearted music. He played an E M Skinner for this piece, but I think it would work well on a theatre organ.

2. ORGAN RECITAL PIECES, by Anton Vodorinski. He was born in 1875 and by 1889, he had won the prestigious scholarship competition for Trinity College of Music. He won the competition again in 1892 and was appointed organist of St John’s Church, Wimbledon, London, where he remained for five years. If this sounds a bit familiar, it should. As I have told you over the many organ arrangements I’ve restored over the years … Ketèlbey was an organist! Under the Vodorinski pseudonym, these three pieces were published in 1911, the year he became music editor for Chappell and music director of the Columbia Gramophone Co and four years before publication of his “In A Monastery Garden.” Please take a look!

3. MARCH OF THE TOYS, by Oscar Schminke. Schminke used a 57 second piece as the basis for this march. It’s easy enough for any organist but still fun.

4. OVERTURE TO PROMETHEUS, by Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged by Samuel Warren. Critics and scholars have written that Beethoven’s music for this ballet, Creatures of Prometheus, is easier and lighter than his typical later music. Warren indicates where Beethoven uses instruments and gives you indications of how to recreate this on the organ. If you don’t know this little jewel, I hope you will visit my page to see and hear the music.

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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