A Consolate Duet, a Chiming Cradle Song, Sellars’s Nymphs, and Wood’s Downs

For May, I am offering a recording with *each* of these four restored organ pieces. Thank you to everyone who plays these pieces and spreads the word about worthy organ music from our past, but special acknowledgement must go to those who record and submit their performances so that everyone else can listen. If you have recently attended a concert, you probably have noticed that the repertoire still does not include much beyond the Neo-baroque and Classic list of pieces taught (and required) by schools and teachers today. I expect Bach, of course, but how many concerts attended by a typical audience include only Bach, Mozart, and Mendelssohn? Let’s encourage our young organists to include some modern compositions and some novelties. If you think they’re fun for us, imagine their impact on the audience!


1. INTRODUCTION AND FUGUE, by Henry S Cutler. If you and your congregation or audience has ever heard “Come, Ye Disconsolate,” you will want to play this duet for them. It’s from 1855 and it’s not hard. Take a listen.

2. EVENING BELLS AND CRADLE-SONG, by Will C Macfarlane. In 1912, Will C Macfarlane (who had just accepted the position in Portland) dedicated this to the well-known and prolific Edwin Arthur Kraft. It is a piece where the chimes are an integral part of the piece. (See the title!) The chimes even have their own staff.

3. NYMPHS, by Gatty Sellars. For those wondering what an organ piece from 1922 with a title like this would sound like, I offer this definition — a mythological spirit of nature imagined as a beautiful maiden inhabiting rivers and woods — and Steve Schlesing’s recording.

4. SCENES ON THE DOWNS, by Frederic H Wood. If you don’t know the “Scenes” suites by Wood, you have a treat in store. This one contained, in the original edition, photographs taken by Woods on the covers which inspired the pieces. You can play them separately or together as a full suite. And, I will tell you to expect more atmospheric music from Frederic Wood in the future.

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 so much for your interest in this music. Keep sending in suggestions.


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