It is May 2016, and this is my 100th announcement of newly restored organ music. Hurrah, I made it! From my friend, Joyce Robinson, Editor of The Diapason, I got the best idea for the theme of this announcement: “One Hundred.” I have included all kinds of music that relates to the number 100 from the tune name to music written for the American Centennial to music simply published in 1876. This turned out to be a rich and rewarding investigation into our past. Be sure to read to the end of this announcement for the Centennial Celebration section which contains free piano pieces which could be played successfully on the organ.
ORGAN SHEET MUSIC
1. BRIDAL SONG, by Adolf Jensen, arranged by Samuel P Warren. Published in 1876, the Centennial Anniversary of the USA, by G Schirmer, “Bridal Song” is Warren’s arrangement of the second of four pieces in Jensen’s Opus 45, “Wedding Music.” Its light texture gives plenty of chances to display colorful stops over three manuals.
2. MARCHE AUX FLAMBEAUX, by Isaac Barton. Here we have the opposite of Jensen’s piece above. Barton’s march is big, bold, and dramatic. Think of torches carried by villagers but with a happy ending.
3. VESPER HYMN, by Everett Truette. Published in 1915, the same year as Barton’s piece above, this is number four in Arthur P Schmidt’s series by Truette called “5 Organ Compositions for the Church Service.” If you play for an evening service, this is perfect; it also makes a fine offertory. Look for upcoming music restorations by this AGO Founder.
4. FINLANDIA, by Jean Sibelius, arranged by Herbert Fricker. If you are not familiar with “Happy Feelings at the Awakening of Finnish Spring,” I encourage you to visit this page and learn about this orchestral favorite that spawned a hymn tune. For those who think they could never play this impressive transcription, I offer two recordings — one on the grand organ of Gloucester Cathedral and one on a small two-manual organ where the organist turns his own pages! Both are impressive.
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.
Here are my offerings to you that relate to “100.” Some of them were published in 1876, the American Centennial; some were written for the centennial celebration of something else. First, I recall my previous restorations that deal with the theme. (Most subscribers already have these.) Next, I offer PDFs of two editions of Charles Zeuner’s “Grand Centennial March.” One is the original from Boston and the other is the version published by Bourne in New York City. See how many differences you can spot! Last, I offer a list of pieces written for the piano that could be played on the organ, just like Zeuner’s March. Our Library of Congress is a great resource for finding this kind of music.
1. My Previous Restorations
OLD HUNDRED in 6 Short Choral Preludes by Dudley Buck
Festival Prelude and Fugue on OLD HUNDRED by Clarence Eddy
OLD HUNDRED quoted in Wedding March by Dudley Buck
3. Piano Pieces from Our American Past (Library of Congress)
CENTENNIAL GALOP by John Solan
CENTENNIAL HYMN by John K Paine (sung at the Opening of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia)
Thank you for your interest in the music I restore. I hope to continue to offer the music that you want to play, and I always appreciate your suggestions. And, I hope you enjoyed some of the music you found through the links above.