A Smart P&P, a Little Rondo, a Festive Entrance, and Viva Valencia!

Greetings, everyone. How daunting it is to see that this is my 99th announcement. What will I do next month for the big 100? I must think of something really special. (Any ideas?) April’s pieces span many years and styles, and I hope my choices make you want to learn and play some of them.

1. PRELUDE IN A AND POSTLUDE IN C, by Henry Smart. This is the first published of Smart’s Postludes, and it comes bundled with a Prelude. It was published by Novello from the Organist’s Quarterly Journal and was intended for service use. These really do sound like Mendelssohn.

2. RONDOLETTO, by Louis Spohr, arranged by William Diller. This is his Opus 149, a lovely piano piece, for which I offer a recording. It is simply a perfect Springtime piece in this organ arrangement.

3. FESTINTRADE, by Wilhelm Volckmar. Eugene Thayer presented music he admired that was not available otherwise in the US with his pedalling and registration in “Album for Organists.” Here is a duet, Opus 76, for the opening of a festival. Each performer gets his own pedal part!

4. VALENCIA, by Jose Padilla, arranged by Charles Cronham. You have seen my interest in Cronham (this is the third one I’ve restored), and here’s another of his fun theatre style arrangements of a standard tune. Valencia was written in 1925 by Padilla, and I offer the bouncy arrangement from 1926 by Paul Whiteman to hear as encouragement towards your playing Cronham’s fun organ music.

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. I hope to continue to offer the music that you want to play. Stay tuned for next month’s 100th announcement!


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