October’s pieces were all selected by John Apple, and he has chosen a group that I never would’ve thought to put together. For me, each piece offers something interesting that the others don’t have. I offer the stories of each one on its page which I hope you visit. BTW, reading John’s research and my commentaries are always completely free and come with no obligation, as the lawyers say.
ORGAN SHEET MUSIC
1. MEDITATION by Henry Eyre Browne. My guess is that you have never heard of this organist. Do you remember reading how Dudley Buck’s house, library, and organ in Chicago were destroyed by fire which ultimately became his reason for moving to Boston and then to the New York City area? Well, Browne took the job playing the 1873 Jardine at the Brooklyn Tabernacle the *year before* their fire destroyed the church, the organ, and the more than 4,000 pieces in his organ library housed onsite. Here is one of the first pieces published after that fire in 1889. Browne was indeed made of the “right stuff.” He was a respected teacher and the piece contains full pedalling indications. I include a short biography of Browne from 1891 which includes a recounting of the devastating fire of 1889.
2. FANTASIA ON JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN, by Alexander Ewing, transcribed by Gordon Balch Nevin. This is Nevin’s fantasia based on one of my favorite hymn tunes, Ewing, sung now to “Jerusalem the Golden.” Although listed by Oliver Ditson as a transcription, it is really an arrangement that could be considered as theme and variations. The text of this hymn is the translation by J M Neale of Bernard of Cluny’s Latin original. Should you need a hymn to go with a reading from Revelation, I heartily recommend Neale’s English version sung to this tune with which you could play this piece as the postlude. Revelation 21:1-2 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Of course, you could always sing Edgar Bainton. 🙂
3. AUTUMN MEMORIES, by Gordon Balch Nevin. This announcement comes out on October 1, and Autumn already started a couple of weeks ago — really, it began September 22! Nevin uses as his program motto a bit of Lord Tennyson. For those of you who love chimes and have them, this piece uses them, but Nevin stressed that they are not necessary for an effective performance.
4. THE CONTINENTAL, by Con Conrad, arranged by Charles Cronham. I am assuming that you all are still working on last month’s 1812 Overture :), and so John chose a fun little number first used in “The Gay Divorcee” from 1934. I offer a clever recording by Steve Schlessing. You can play this and take a break from Tchaikovsky!
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.