A Smart Prelude, Tuneful Scherzo, Gatty’s Repose, and Three by Gretchaninoff

Greetings, everyone. October’s pieces include a recent request by an organist in New Jersey and selections by two of my favorites — Hollins and Sellars. You all know Henry Smart as an excellent composer of pieces suitable for use in service, but do you know the organ music of Alexander Gretchaninoff? I hope you enjoy reading and listening to this month’s pieces.


1. PRELUDE IN E FLAT, by Henry Smart. This publication comprises three pieces from “Organist’s Quarterly Journal” released together by Novello: Prelude in E Flat, Introductory Voluntary in B Flat, and Andante Grazioso. They are all quality organ music.

2. SCHERZO, by Alfred Hollins. Most scherzi these days seem to be overly loud and frantic. Hollins’s Scherzo is delicate and tuneful and pleasant to hear and to play. I offer a recording so you might judge for yourself.

3. REPOSE, by Gatty Sellars. Here is another in my project of restoring the organ music of Gatty Sellars. Repose is from 1911 and shows the beginning of his theatrical side showing itself. It’s not hard and it is restful.

4. THREE PIECES by Alexander Gretchaninoff. He was born in Russia and died in the United States in 1956. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory and moved to St Petersburg where he studied composition and orchestration with Rimsky-Korsakov. These Three Pieces composed in 1939 are his only solo organ works. I offer recordings for you to hear these.

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.

You can read about Hollins and Smart (and many others) on my Biographies Page: michaelsmusicservice.com/blog/?page_id=6635 Thank you for your interest in this music. Please continue sending your suggestions.


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