A Symphonic Scherzo, 3 Adagios, 4 Kreislers, and a Weasel

Greetings, and Happy New Year, 2016! For some, it’s good riddance to 2015 and optimistic thoughts for the rest of 2016. For others, this year portends doubts and worry. Either way, organ music will improve life! My January offerings are as widespread in style as you can likely imagine, and this was my purpose. I encourage everyone this year to explore the stylistic compass of your music. Broadening your playing can only be a good thing, so here are this month’s offerings.


1. SCHERZO SYMPHONIQUE, by Herbert Fricker. You probably know that I’m restoring several pieces by Fricker. This is one of his biggest and it’s a lot of fun and the scherzo, or joke, is subtle. It’s from 1906 when he was the City Organist for Leeds, England.

2. THREE ADAGIOS, by Wilhelm Volckmar. This is one of series of pieces written or chosen by Eugene Thayer. Thayer added pedaling and registration for American organs. Any of these Adagios could well be used for services or for a quiet interlude in your concert. Thayer presented one other piece by Volckmar, “Festintrade,” a duet which I’ll announce later this year.

3. TRANSCRIPTIONS AND ARRANGEMENTS, by Fritz Kreisler, transcribed by Philip James. Here are four of the famous Kreisler violin melodies in beautiful organ settings. I offer one organ recording and some of Kreisler’s own playing from his records. These are not very hard but the trick is to play the melodies with the great romantic freedom of the great violin master.

4. POP! GOES THE WEASEL, by Fred Feibel. Here’s another novelty number from Fred Feibel designed for the Hammond but it sounds great on any organ. John Apple was concerned that some people may not know this melody, but I am convinced that it’s known in just about every country with organs. Just in case I’m wrong, here’s the link to explain it from wikipedia.org.

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 for your interest in this music. Keep the suggestions coming, and I hope to restore some music that YOU want in 2016!


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