Nevin’s Sketches of the City in New Recording

Nevin’s Sketches of the City in New Recording

Gordon Balch Nevin felt strongly that the average person could relate more to program music than to absolute music. This is, of course, not what we were taught in school! Way back in 1918, he wrote that organists had written to him stating a “distinct and emphatic mention of the enjoyment of the audience” for these suites in their programs. David E Lamb has played the entire suite, which isn’t very long, and he recreates the musicality and atmospheric effect of 1917 urban living and the during the dark hours of The Great War. I think from the glowing responses for David on Contrebombarde.com, you can believe that Nevin’s conclusion remains true today.

For a couple of photos, please see my post from 2016.

Nevin.SketchesOfTheCity.html

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Howard Savage Recording to Share

Howard Savage Recording to Share

If you love romantic music, if you (like me) enjoy “decadent” organ music that sends the hard-core Neo-Baroquists into fits, if you love musical organ performances that include chimes … then you must hear Steve Schlesing’s performance of Howard Savage’s “Meditation Sentimental” on the Reuter Op 227 samples played on his Hauptwerk installation. It’s not long, and I think it’s incredibly rewarding to listen to. If you don’t know the American organist, Howard Savage, please see my previous post about him.

Savage.MeditationSentimentale.html

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Another Gatty Sellars Recording to Share

Another Gatty Sellars Recording to Share

I am pleased to share a wonderful recording of “Overture Fantastique” by Gatty Sellars. It was played by David E Lamb on his outstanding Hauptwerk installation using the Hereford Cathedral Willis samples.

The poster above was announcing one of his 3,000 organ concerts. Here, Sellars played the IV/54 Kimball (1905) in The Auditorium, Topeka, Kansas, 1922. I just love the bit about the “silver offering.”

So, to enjoy this fine performance by David, just visit the page for my restoration:

Sellars.OvertureFantastique.html

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Looking Everywhere for this Lemare Transcription

“Perfect, thank you. I was looking everywhere for this Lemare transcription [March from Aida]; so very pleased I found this. Please do add me to your mailing list. Best wishes.”—United Kingdom

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Becker’s Chapel, Ropartz Bells, Nevin’s Silver Clouds, and Stoughton’s Arabian Nights

It has been very hot this year, earlier than usual, and so I chose four selections that cannot be described as “hot.” All of these are either atmospheric or programmatic and so fit Michael’s Music Service’s idea of specializing in decadence: “Organ Music Your Teacher Never Taught You”!

ORGAN SHEET MUSIC
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1. IN CHAPEL by René Becker. This one by Becker would absolutely be at home at any American Classic, Orchestral, or Theatre Organ. It is simply gorgeous from 1927 and reflects his idea of sitting in a chapel reflecting on the surroundings.
Becker.InChapel.html

2. BELL MOVEMENT, by Guy Ropartz. You’ve got to visit the page to read about this one. It was published in 1928 by Boston Music but was written in a different form years earlier and published by another publisher, also from the USA. Fascinating! I am pleased to share a recording of this short gem.
Ropartz.BellMovement.html

3. SILVER CLOUDS by Gordon Balch Nevin. Also from 1927 is Nevin’s atmospheric piece, at home at any organ really, about lovely clouds in the sky. Visit the page to read the short poem upon which the music was composed.
Nevin.SilverClouds.html

4. TALES FROM ARABIAN NIGHTS, by R S Stoughton. This suite is from 1928 and illustrates our favorite banker and organist at his programmatic finest. If you know the stories of Ali Baba or Aladdin, this one is for you!
Stoughton.TalesFromArabianNights.html

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.
MonthlyBundles/201807.html

I hope some of you will make and share some videos of these so we can enjoy them. Thank you all for your interest in this music.

Cheers!
Michael

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With Best Wishes of R S Stoughton

With Best Wishes of R S Stoughton

This was a “Professional Copy,” as you can in the image. This means that this music was given away to someone in the hope that they would play it or even record it. “By the Waters of Babylon” was published in 1920 by White-Smith Music Publishing Co. It was written by Leroy Spaulding Stoughton (1884–1953). He was known as Roy in his early life and then variously as R Spaulding Stoughton and, as above, R S Stoughton.

I offer more information on him, including a review of his “In Fairyland” found in The American Organist from 1919, on my page for the restored music.

The inscription above is:

Originally music for the Prologue of the Easter Pageant at First Universalist Church. With best wishes of R S Stoughton. [Worcester, Massachusetts]

 

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A March-Scherzo, a Sparkling Fountain, More Callaerts, and a Dancing Donkey

Many of us in the USA are preparing a Patriotic Program for next month, so I have decided to offer you four pieces that have nothing at all to do with Patriotic music. Please read below to see what is interesting to you. Also, should you be in need of something to add to your July 4th concert, please check my list at michaelsmusicservice.com/blog/?page_id=3012

ORGAN SHEET MUSIC

1. MARCH-SCHERZO by Clarence Kohlmann. I present this fun piece from 1931 by the organist of Ocean Grove Auditorium. He played this on the big Hope-Jones there, and it really filled the great space!
Kohlmann.March-Scherzo.html

2. THE FOUNTAIN SPARKLING IN THE SUNLIGHT, by Hugo Goodwin. This programmatic sketch from 1917 will take some work to learn, but the effect is striking.
Goodwin.FountainSparklingInTheSunlight.html

3. PIÈCES POUR ORGUE, OPUS 29 by Joseph Callaerts. This volume contains his brilliant Toccata in E-minor, his most popular piece. There is also an Offertoire and a Funeral March. I know it’s unusual, but I could see this Marche Funèbre in a Halloween program!
Callaerts.PiecesOpus29.html

4. DONKEY DANCE, by Robert Elmore. Put a little “hee-haw” in your program with Elmore’s clever novelty piece. Why not put this together with “On the Trail” from Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite? Rio.ArrangementsI.html contains the only organ arrangement of this ever published.
Elmore.DonkeyDance.html

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.
MonthlyBundles/201806.html

I hope some of you will make and share some videos of these so we can enjoy them. Thank you all for your interest in this music.

Cheers!
Michael

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Surprisingly Sudden Service

“Hello, Michael. Surprised to find my organ music in my mailbox today! Wow! Fast! I can’t wait to start learning it! Thank you so much.” —Missouri, USA

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Yon’s Complete Organ Works Recording

Yon’s Complete Organ Works Recording

I got this great news from a customer in Italy, and I wanted to share it with you. It’s time for this!

Hi Michael. First of all thank you for your wonderful work for organ music!

I confirm you that the download of The Heavens Heard Him went well.

It was a gift for a friend of mine, Elisa Teglia. She is a famous Italian organist and just now she is going to publish the world first integral Yon’s organ compositions recordings collection.

Please read about her work with Yon’s compositions at
elisateglia.it/en/2017/12/09/yon-integral-organ-composition-recording/

Read about and hear her other recordings at
elisateglia.it/en/music/

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Mauro-Cottone Autograph on Choral Music

Mauro-Cottone Autograph on Choral Music

Imagine the surprise when John Apple found this and multiple copies of it in the choral library at his new position at St Michael’s Anglican Church in Charlotte. Melchiorre Mauro-Cottone wrote choral music in addition to his organ music and regular improvisations on the New York City theatre organ scene.

The two volumes of his organ music that I have restored are found at:

Mauro-Cottone.FamousCompositions.html

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