Becker’s Third, Smart’s Variations, Roy’s Christos, & Lord’s Kentucky

Greetings, everyone. June’s pieces represent many different styles of organ music. There is the structure of the Third Sonata by Rene Becker and the conservative beauty of Henry Smart’s Choral Variations. There is the lush sentimentality of Roy Perry’s Christos Patterakis in its original form and John Lord’s fun-loving romp through “My Old Kentucky Home.” Which you play in church is up to you!


1. THIRD SONATA, by Rene Becker. This is the last of the published sonatas of Becker and his least known. Of the movements, the ending Toccata makes a fine postlude.

2. CHORAL WITH VARIATIONS, by Henry Smart. Smart’s beautiful chorale is high-quality composition. John Broadhouse wrote in 1880: The variations are far removed from the class of writing which passes by that name among third-rate composers and players of variations for the pianoforte. The is no note-splitting, no rapid arpeggio playing after the manner of a celebrated French organist’s “Andante in G”; Smart’s idea of the variation was to vary the contrapuntal treatment of his subject.

3. CHRISTOS PATTERAKIS, by Roy Perry. I have had many requests for Roy’s original music for this lush, chromatic, atmospheric piece. With the help of Jimmy Culp, I have produced the score as originally intended. I offer Jimmy’s recording of it on one of Roy’s organs, the Aeolian-Skinner in First Presbyterian, Kilgore, Texas.

4. FANTASIA ON “MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME,” by J E W Lord. Not much more needs to be said of this other than that you will recognize the melody. Oh, and it does have some of the techniques described and despised by Mr Broadhouse above. But, no one cares because they’re having fun!

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.


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