Hollins Spring Song, Yon Minuet, Ellsasser Evening, Bossi Etude

This year, I oddly do not have a march to announce for March. 🙂 Look for the second of three by Richard Ellsasser, another of Yon’s Divertimenti, another Spring Song to complement last month’s by Faulkes, and a crowd favorite by Bossi. I have included recordings where possible.


1. SPRING SONG by Alfred Hollins. Last month, I told you that Mendelssohn was the first to use the title of “Frühlingslied” or “Spring Song” in his Op 62 No 6 of “Songs without Words.” There are dozens of these by many composers. One customer told me that he thought the Hollins Spring Song was the only one worth playing. Well, here ’tis!

2. MINUETTO ANTICO E MUSETTA, by Pietro Yon. An old minuet and bagpipe dance is really original music by Yon. The “Musette” is something he knew in his youth in northern Italy.

3. TOWARD EVENING by Richard Ellsasser. After last month’s grotesque Marche Fantastique, Ellsasser’s Toward Evening is a real change of pace. The playful theme was suggested by a friend, and Ellsasser depicts a playful character at twilight as evening comes on. You can use your soft stops with tremulant; there is a brief call for chimes.

4. ETUDE SYMPHONIQUE, by Enrico Bossi. Of his more than 80 organ pieces, this one seems to be played the most. It sounds harder than it is, I think. I offer three recordings for you to sample different organs, organists and their approaches.

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 all for sharing your interest in this music by playing it and posting your recordings online.


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