Truette’s Hymnus, Garth’s Elfin Dance, Jean’s Romance, and Fred’s Doodle

Greetings! At least here in the American South, the Heat is still among us. I hope the four pieces that I am announcing will make your August a little brighter, no matter where you live.


1. HYMNUS, by Everett Truette. Truette was an AGO Founder, and he had five pieces published by Arthur P Schmidt in 1915. I’ve already announced the fourth one, “Vesper Hymn,” and this month I am announcing the second one, “Hymnus.” This is grand solemnity for the organ. There are no surprises here; this is a perfect piece for a prelude.

2. HUMORESQUE FANTASTIQUE, by Garth Edmundson. I’ll be honest; I did not know that this was the real name of this piece. All my life, I knew it as “Elfin Dance.” It turns out, as you will see on the first page, that the formal and the program title are not as I knew them. Is there a conspiracy against the program here? 🙂

3. ROMANCE, by Jean Sibelius, transcribed by Sumner Salter. This piano favorite is just beautiful on the organ. It’s OK with Salter if you omit the piano cadenza, and though it’s there for completeness, I think it sounds better on the organ without it. Play it on a Sunday where you will sing “Be Still, My Soul” for a double Sibelius reference. On my page, you can listen to a recording by Jouni Somero, a fine young Finnish pianist, of the original score.

4. YANKEE DOODLE, by Fred Feibel. It’s election season here in the States, and this short, tongue-in-cheek arrangement by the always-clever Feibel is sure to bring smiles to any audience. While I don’t suggest it as a postlude, there is no better arrangement for witty fun of this popular melody.

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. Every organ concert should have something to make the audience smile. I hope I can help provide you with some choices.


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