Elgar’s Sursum, Sellars Cantilene, Macfarlane’s Joyful Song, Mendelssohn’s Nocturne, and Crawford’s Intermediate

It’s September and that might be “Back to School” time for you, but for me it’s time for two transcriptions and two original organ compositions. In addition to the four pieces, I am announcing the restoration of the third of Jesse Crawford’s Organ Method Books.

1. SURSUM CORDA, by Edward Elgar, transcribed by Edwin H Lemare. In 1894, he wrote this grand solemn Elevation for a service which the future King George V was to attend. In 1901, it was published, and Lemare transcribed the original for solo organ in the same year.

2. CANTILENE RUSTIQUE, by Gatty Sellars. This is one of his that is really hard to find, but it’s just lovely. It sounds to me like a graceful country dance. I think it would be great on any organ, classical or theatre.

3. CHANSON JOYEUSE, by Will C Macfarlane. During the years when Macfarlane was not at the position in Portland, he published this little gem. It’s a joyful song that makes great use of the French Horn and ends with the Unda Maris and Chimes.

4. NOTTURNO FROM “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM,” by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by Samuel P Warren. The peaceful Nocturne is played between Acts III and IV while the couples sleep. Why not play it as a quiet moment in an evening concert, calling it simply “Nocturne”? Should you need additional encouragement to play any of Mendelssohn’s incidental music, this year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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.

INTERMEDIATE METHOD by Jesse Crawford. His Intermediate Method was “developed for pianists, amateur or professional, who have a reasonable familiarity with piano notation (treble and bass clefs).” If you’ve read through his Beginning Course (which I offer for free), this next-level method may be just the thing.

Thank you for your interest in this music. I need more suggestions of music to restore; write to me, please!


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