Becker’s Chapel, Ropartz Bells, Nevin’s Silver Clouds, and Stoughton’s Arabian Nights

It has been very hot this year, earlier than usual, and so I chose four selections that cannot be described as “hot.” All of these are either atmospheric or programmatic and so fit Michael’s Music Service’s idea of specializing in decadence: “Organ Music Your Teacher Never Taught You”!

1. IN CHAPEL by René Becker. This one by Becker would absolutely be at home at any American Classic, Orchestral, or Theatre Organ. It is simply gorgeous from 1927 and reflects his idea of sitting in a chapel reflecting on the surroundings.

2. BELL MOVEMENT, by Guy Ropartz. You’ve got to visit the page to read about this one. It was published in 1928 by Boston Music but was written in a different form years earlier and published by another publisher, also from the USA. Fascinating! I am pleased to share a recording of this short gem.

3. SILVER CLOUDS by Gordon Balch Nevin. Also from 1927 is Nevin’s atmospheric piece, at home at any organ really, about lovely clouds in the sky. Visit the page to read the short poem upon which the music was composed.

4. TALES FROM ARABIAN NIGHTS, by R S Stoughton. This suite is from 1928 and illustrates our favorite banker and organist at his programmatic finest. If you know the stories of Ali Baba or Aladdin, this one is for you!

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.

I hope some of you will make and share some videos of these so we can enjoy them. Thank you all for your interest in this music.


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