A Different Ave Maria, Another Sonata,the Lilting Springtime, and a Loud Processional

October is here, and not one of this month’s pieces is related in any way to this month’s holiday. If you are looking for suggestions for Halloween music, see my list at michaelsmusicservice.com/blog/?page_id=2898 — I’ve got a big selection there. The pieces this month cover many styles and I hope you find something interesting. At the end of this email, please read my good news.


1. AVE MARIA, by Eugene Thayer. From 1875, Ave Maria is the first piece in Thayer’s “Organ Recital Music with Registration and Pedaling.” It is pure melody and accompaniment and offers a fine chance to show your beautiful solo voices. Although it’s listed for recital, it fits well in a service.

2. SECOND SONATA IN F, by Rene Becker. As you will see from the cover, his first two sonatas were published in 1912, and there was not a third one listed. Rest assured, the third one is coming soon and with the proper cover! If you are looking for a new set of organ sonatas, Becker will not disappoint.

3. OH, THE LILTING SPRINGTIME!, by Charles Stebbins. This is the second of a two-piece characteristic set; the first one was “Where Dusk Gathers Deep.” You may read Stebbins’s own short verse on the first page of music. If you think it’s simple, obvious, and naive, try writing one for your piece of music! Many remember Stebbins for his iconic “In Summer.”

4. MARCH PROCESSIONAL, by John Hermann Loud. He was born in 1873 in Massachusetts and studied with: Henry M Dunham at New England Conservatory, Alexandre Guilmant in Paris, and J Varley Roberts in England. He was respected as a recitalist and loved as a teacher. My restoration was made from Douglas Rafter’s personal copy which contained an inscription from the composer.

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. 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.

NEWS. I have been successful in obtaining permission to restore Robert Elmore’s “Fantasy on Nursery Tunes.” This has been the Number One request over several years. I have started a crowd-funding campaign to raise the money to pay for the license, and I invite you to look at the page and see if you would like to contribute. If not, you may still enjoy an exciting performance on the Westminster Choir College organ in Bristol Chapel.


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