Some Orchids, an Andante, some Shadows, and a Prelude and Fugue

Greetings, everyone. For December, on the assumption that you will not have much time to learn challenging music, I have chosen pieces that lie in the simpler spectrum. Even the Prelude and Fugue is graded Moderate to Moderately Difficult. Some selections are for service music and some work best as concert music. I hope you like them.

1. WHITE ORCHIDS by James F Cooke, transcribed by Clarence Kohlmann. Those of you who have been with me for a while know that I am bringing back music written and arranged by Kohlmann, the great organist for twenty years at Ocean Grove Auditorium in New Jersey. Cooke wrote a piano piece titled “White Orchids” which was originally published in 1941 by Theodore Presser. It was described that year in The Etude, Vol 59, No 6, as “a lyric idyl, somewhat in the form of MacDowell’s ‘To a Wild Rose.'” Kohlmann subtitled Cooke’s atmospheric gem for use in a wedding as “White Orchids.”

2. ANDANTE IN D, by Alfred Hollins. In his autobiography, Hollins wrote that many listeners and musicians had told him that this was his best piece … and that he didn’t disagree! For you to hear it, I offer David Liddle’s recording on the Hull City Hall organ. Incidentally, Hollins played Hull’s original Forster & Andrews organ from 1911.

3. EVENING SHADOWS, by R S Stoughton. This lovely nocturne is the next-to-last published piece by Stoughton — who you may remember was a banker! It is designed such that the music works very well on a theatre organ as well as on an orchestral organ. His music creates the atmosphere of a beautiful evening.

4. PRELUDE AND FUGUE IN A MINOR, by Clarence Eddy. For those looking for a Baroque Prelude and Fugue that is not by Bach but respects his musicality and styles, I offer the last of a series called “The Church and Concert Organist,” Number 37. It’s from 1882 and is first-class in every way.

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 my restoration efforts.


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