Yuletide and New Year Organ Music
Here is a list of pieces I’ve restored that are suitable for Advent, Christmas, New Year’s, and Epiphany, to some extent. To find a particular tune, just enter the first few characters; for example, entering “little town” will take you to “Paraphrase on a Christmas Hymn” by Faulkes which contains St Louis, the tune for “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
6 Variations on the Magnificat by Joseph Bonnet
Magnificat on the 4th tone and text from the first chapter of Luke where the angel tells Mary she will bear the Saviour.
6 Variations on the Magnificat
Auld Lang Syne Concert Paraphrase by Herve Wilkins
This paraphrase is not in the Liszt tradition. It’s restrained music that could be played effectively in a New Year’s Day service or concert.
Auld Lang Syne Concert Paraphrase
Berceuse by Ralph Kinder
A lullaby of great beauty and tenderness with echoes of Lemare, his teacher
Christmas Chimes by Dezsö D’Antalffy
Many organists play this without the chimes. It’s a great piece for Christmas Eve.
Christmas in Sicily by Pietro Yon
A pastoral bagpipe that is effective and not hard to play
Christmas in Sicily
Finale on a Noel by Harry Banks
Everyone will recognize Noël Nouvelet.
Finale on a Noel
Grande Offertoire de Noël by Eugene Thayer
Bouncy, bell like, and energetic from 1870.
Grande Offertoire de Noël
The Holy Night by George Vail
“A Pastorale for the Christmas Season,” lyric and lovely that presents “Silent Night” (Stille Nacht)
The Holy Night
The Holy Night (Noël) by Dudley Buck
“Silent Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” in a dramatic characteristic scene.
The Holy Night (Noël)
In Bethlehem’s Town by Carl Mueller
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Fairest Lord Jesus” in a depiction of Biblical Bethlehem.
In Bethlehem’s Town
Joy to the World by Edwin H Lemare
Two of the world’s most recognizable Christmas tunes are included here, “Joy to the World” (Antioch) and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” (Mendelssohn).
Joy to the World
The Kings of the Orient by Charles Cronham
Based on “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” perfect for Epiphany or Christmas
The Kings of the Orient
Lullaby by Will C Macfarlane
A graceful, lovely melody suitable for meditation.
Moravian Morning Star by Harvey Gaul
A free arrangement of Hagen, “Morning Star, O Cheering Sight”
Moravian Morning Star
Noel Provencal by Robert Leech Bedell
“Il est né le divin Enfant” (He is Born, the Divine Christ Child) in a lighter setting suitable for a Christmas Day service.
Paraphrase on A Christmas Hymn by William Faulkes
Variations on “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” St Louis
Paraphrase on O Little Town
Petite Marche Champêtre de Noël by Robert Leech Bedell
Subtitled “Rustic March of the Villagers at Christmas.” The perfect procession for children.
Petite Marche Champêtre
Prelude on “Divinum Mysterium” by Frederick Candlyn
A simple, dignified treatment of this great chant melody, or “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”
Prelude on Divinum Mysterium
Prelude-Pastorale by Pietro Yon
A clever treatment of Adeste Fideles, or “O Come All Ye Faithful”
Silent Night arranged by Rosa Rio
A tasteful treatment of the tune playable on all organs
Silent Night in Organ Arrangements Vol I
The Thunder Storm by T P Ryder
The French are fond of using an improvised storm for Christmas Midnight Mass. If you’d rather play a printed storm, this is it.
The Thunder Storm
Toccata on “How Brightly Shines” by Garth Edmundson
An excellent toccata for Christmas based on a well-known tune
Toccata on “How Brightly Shines”
Variations on Auld Lang Syne by Eugene Thayer
This one is the opposite of the Wilkins Paraphrase and contains a big, dramatic finish.
Variations on Auld Lang Syne
Vom Himmel Hoch by Garth Edmundson
“From Heaven on High,” excellent toccata for Christmas
Vom Himmel Hoch
Weihnachtspastorale (Christmas Pastorale) by Gustav Merkel
Sounds like you’ve heard it before but you haven’t.