A Celtic Melody, Divinum Mysterium, a Royal Approach, and the 1812

For September, I offer three easily playable pieces and one that would challenge the finest organist. There is an interesting history behind each one, and I encourage you to visit each page to read about them and, for two of them, to listen to recent performances which will show you what they sound like.


1. CELTIC MELODY by Geoffrey O’Connor-Morris. This lovely piece is suitable for a quiet prelude or a contemplative selection for a concert. Recording included.

2. POSTLUDE ON “DIVINUM MYSTERIUM,” by Miles Martin. This tune is known from the plainchant and for “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” Not all postludes have to be loud, and this one isn’t. Recording included.

3. ROYAL APPROACH, by Gatty Sellars. This military-style march was written by the great organist of program music and dedicated to the first ever official BBC Organist, Reginald Foort. Interestingly, both Sellars and Foort died in the USA. “Royal Approach” sounds good on any organ.

4. 1812 OVERTURE, by Tchaikovsky, transcribed by Edwin Evans. Prepare to spend a couple of evenings learning this one. đŸ™‚ This is the full “Ouverture Solennelle,” as Tchaikovsky called it in the French transliteration. Edwin Evans Senr (Senior) transcribed the entire piece from the orchestral score in 1909, and like Samuel Warren, he indicated the instruments as they appear so you can taylor your registrations appropriately. The only thing not included are the cannons! (although they were used at the first performance in Moscow) If you play this, you are absolutely guaranteed a standing ovation!

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 your interest in this music and your support for restoration efforts.


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