Dieckmann’s Processional, Ryder’s Grand March, Fricker’s Romance, and Three by Satie

Greetings, all. Autumn is my favorite season, and I think many of us start learning new music at this time of year. Here are four selections that I hope will stimulate your creative senses and motivate you!


1. PROCESSIONAL, by C W Dieckmann. John Apple really hopes that you will like this one! He worked with the archivist at Agnes Scott College and Dieckmann’s daughter to gather information for the article. She sent to us several unpublished manuscripts from her father in hopes they might be published at last. If his “Processional” sells well, I will consider publishing them.

2. CATHEDRAL GRAND MARCH, by George Ryder. Many of you know “The Thunder Storm,” by George Ryder’s brother, T P Ryder (Ryder.ThunderStorm.html). George was an organist, known for playing the largest organ in America at the time, the IV/70 Hook in Tremont Temple, Boston. George was also a fine organ builder who built the II/24 organ for the Chautauqua Amphitheatre in 1882. It is interesting to note that none other than Ernest M Skinner was granted his first apprenticeship (1886-1890) at the Ryder firm.

3. ROMANCE, by Herbert Fricker. Fricker excelled in creating lovely melodies with stirring harmonies, and this one portrays through music several aspects of love. It is a perfect piece for Valentine’s Day. If you change the title, I think you could use it for a quiet prelude or communion. Perhaps, “Study in G-flat”?

4. THREE GYMNOPEDIES by Eric Satie, transcribed by Warren Allred. Satie is best known for his “Gymnopedie 1” and because 2016 is the 150th anniversary of his birth this is the perfect time to play it. The other two are not as well known but they’re lovely as well.

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. Please continue sending your suggestions.


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