Festive Country Toccata, Thais Meditation, and Midsummer Night’s Overture

My announcement for February this year contains three great restored organ pieces. I have also included an easy way to buy all of them for a discount. Also, there are two items of news at the end, so be sure to see them.


1. FESTA BUCOLICA, by Dezso d’Antalffy (1885-1945). This festive toccata is translated as “Rural Merrymaking” and it’s his biggest single organ work. The program is all about the fun and festivities at a country fair. It takes some work to pull it off but it’s rarely heard so it’s worth your effort.

2. MEDITATION FROM THAIS, by Jules Massenet (1842-1912). The popular French opera composer has become known for this extracted violin solo from “Thais.” It’s arranged by Kenneth Walton (1904-1986) and is suitable for Valentine’s Day or any quiet, restful time. Your audience cannot help but recognize it.

3. OVERTURE TO “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM,” by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) was a child prodigy whose short life produced some of the greatest early Romantic music. Mendelssohn wrote this stunning overture in 1826 when he was 17 years old to accompany Shakespeare’s play. Wow! Samuel P Warren (1841-1915) transcribed it to sound as much like an orchestra on an organ as is possible. Should you need proof, visit this page and listen to Ken Cowan play it on the Austin Curtis Sesquicentennial Organ.

MONTHLY DISCOUNT BUNDLE. There are several of you who buy all of the pieces I restore in order to support my work. Thank you very much! I have made a special page where everyone can buy all of the pieces announced with one click and save money in the deal. Take a look at it and see if you think this is for you. 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 other organist. This month’s bundle is for the three pieces you see above priced at only $36 plus shipping.

AGO FOUNDERS. I recently looked around online for a reliable list of the Founders for the American Guild of Organists. I was surprised to find nothing available anywhere! Of course, we all had access to the printed lists and books made through the years, but having it online is sure convenient. So I went about working on this myself and asking the best researchers to make sure that this list was 100% accurate and useful, too, in that it includes music written by the Founders which is in print and may be bought today. So, there is no excuse to avoid this great music written by those who started the AGO. I want to thank the researchers whose efforts made this possible: Stephen Best and John Apple. May this online list of the 145 Founders be of interest to organists worldwide and may it serve to help spur interest in getting some of their existing music played today.

Thank you all for your support of this great organ music, and I hope you tell your friends! Not many have voted in my new poll, so please DO go vote! It’s on the blog: http://michaelsmusicservice.com/blog (right here!) and it’s anonymous!


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