Wrapping, Quality Printing, and Large Format

“I just received my music. I wanted to give you my full kudos for the timely delivery of the music. Also, most impressive were the wrapping, quality printing and large format of both pieces. Thank you and keep up the great work of keeping old organ gems alive.” —Minnesota, USA

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Fancy That!, Callaerts Op 23, Ludwig van Organ, Christian Debussy

Greetings, everyone. Selections for the month of July include music from Beethoven and Debussy which make for some musical “meat.” To deal with the Summer heat, I recommend “Fancies” by Sellars. Thank you very much to those of you who have helped me spread the word about my restorations.

ORGAN SHEET MUSIC
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1. FANCIES, by Gatty Sellars. This was the hardest piece by Sellars to find! I am so happy to be able offer it for this Summer. Fancies was written in 1916 and published in several different arrangements because of its popularity. I plan a post in my blog with some comments from that year. If you want a fun and easy Summertime piece, this is it.
Sellars.Fancies.html

2. PIECES POUR ORGUE, OPUS 23, by Joseph Callaerts. From the First Series in his music published by Schott, this is the Fourth Book, his Opus 23. These are all solid music, but the Toccata is the stand-out title. Be sure to listen to the recording on my page.
Callaerts.PiecesOpus23.html

3. ANDANTES AND ADAGIOS, VOL III, by Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged by Julius Andre. I began restoring his Beethoven transcriptions with Vol III because it contains one of my all-time favorite Beethoven themes, the Andante from the Fifth Symphony — which sounds beautiful on the organ.
Beethoven-Andre.AndantesAndAdagios.VolIII.html

4. PRELUDE TO “THE BLESSED DAMOZEL,” by Claude Debussy, transcribed by Palmer Christian. There were only two pieces by Palmer Christian ever published, and both were Debussy transcriptions. If you don’t know the original cantata, visit my page to hear it and the organ transcription.
Debussy-Christian.PreludeToTheBlessedDamozel.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/201707.html

Thank you for sharing your interest in this music by playing it and sharing it online.

Cheers!
Michael

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Hungarian March Is Also Known as Rákóczi March

Hungarian March Is Also Known as Rákóczi March

An organist asked me today after hearing “The Rákóczy March” (alternate spelling) on the radio if we had a transcription of it. He could not find it on the website because he was searching for the name and not for “Hungarian March.” Herbert Brewer’s transcription is titled “Hungarian March,” and I forgot to add anything about Rákóczy on the page. Ouch!

The Prince of Transylvania, shown above, had a favorite march and this is it. Hungarians formally list names beginning with the surname, so he is seen both as II Rákóczi Ferenc or Ferenc Rákóczi II.

See more about the history of the march on Wikipedia and more about Brewer’s transcription on Berlioz-Brewer.HungarianMarch.html.

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Prompt Dispatch of Music

I’m very belatedly replying to this — just to thank you for the prompt dispatch of my music (the Edmundson ‘Von Himmel Hoch’) and the way it was packaged, etc. Good luck with the business. Best wishes. —United Kingdom

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Marche Pontificale Needs To Be Learned First

“Michael, thanks for the music. It arrived this morning and I think that the Marche Pontificale needs to be learned first. Thanks again.” —Ohio, USA

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René Becker: An Organist and His Music

René Becker: An Organist and His Music

René Louis Becker (1882-1956) was born in Alsace but lived mostly in the United States. He played as church organist, recitalist, and accompanist, and wrote 152 organ pieces.

That’s the briefest description of this man. Next, comes Steven Ball’s 2012 capsule biography of him which I present on my Biographies page. It’s just one short page and tells you more information and will prompt you (I hope) to want to learn and play more of his music.

For the full story, you should read Damin Spritzer’s doctoral dissertation, also from 2012: Overview and Introduction to the Organ Music of Alsatian-American Composer René Louis Becker.

Here is a list of his pieces that I have restored; some of these pages have recordings.

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Really Splendid Editions

Got it. Really splendid editions. I’m very pleased! —Maryland, USA

I love comments like this! It’s short and clear. Perhaps some of you do not send in comments on your orders because you think that they need to be long and highly formatted. Not so! Use your phone and send in a couple of thoughts, anything you like.

Just for information, the order for the comment above was a fine selection:

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Seth’s Lamb, Ashmall’s Six, René’s March, and Evans’s Horses

Greetings! Can you believe it’s June already! My selections this month include a great transcription of a famous orchestral piece, some forgotten music, some unusual Communion music, and a Pope-less March. Thank you very much to those of you who have helped make some of these possible.

ORGAN SHEET MUSIC

1. AGNUS DEI, by Seth Bingham. Last month, you saw an Agnus Dei by Georges Bizet, and this month’s Agnus Dei couldn’t be more different. Bingham’s music is contemplative, spiritual, and you can easily find a place for it in your repertoire. This is not intended solely as liturgical music; here is some of the back story. Bingham dedicated the piece to E H Geer who was professor of music at Vassar College. Geer gave organ concerts every Sunday night with no lights in the room save the console lamp; these concerts were known as “dark music.” Bingham’s Agnus Dei was a perfect fit.
Bingham.AgnusDei.html

2. THE ORGANIST’S JOURNAL, published by William E Ashmall. These six pieces were included in Volume 22 (1916), Number 10, and John Apple chose this issue because of the inclusion of the rare piece by Gatty Sellars. The Chorale-Rhapsodie (1909) was dedicated to his father, and you can see the effort he expended in writing it. Sellars played all kinds of organs and was known as “The world’s greatest descriptive organist.” You can watch him in action at youtube.com
Ashmall.V22N10P149.html

3. MARCHE PONTIFICALE by Rene Becker. I called this “Pope-less” because I was unable to connect it to a Pope. Becker wrote this march in 1915 while living in Illinois. Benedict XV had been chosen in 1914. Therefore, I have concluded that this is another melodic, mildly-pompous march that is a great deal of fun to play … with no Papal connection!
Becker.MarchePontificale.html

4. OVERTURE TO LIGHT CAVALRY, by Franz von Suppe, transcribed by Edwin Evans. (This is Edwin Evans, Senior, and not his son the music critic.) In my project to restore many of the transcriptions by Evans, the requests for Light Cavalry won. Needless to say, this would be a hit at any concert!
Suppe-Evans.LightCavalry.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/201706.html

Thank you for sharing your interest in this music by playing it and sharing it online.

Cheers!
Michael

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L’Organo 2017

L’Organo 2017

Dr Robert Gant is the chairman for this year’s L’Organo series, and he sent me some beautiful materials to share. Here is the schedule for 2017, the entire series of organ concerts for Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, South Carolina. There are more organ events in the two week period of the Festival than you are likely to find anywhere. The artists include William Gudger, Julia Harlow, Joby Bell, and several other favorite organists. Two organs of special interest are those in the Huguenot Church and the Chapel at The Citadel. Nearly all of the concerts are within walking distance if you stay in the historic district.

If you would like to peruse this year’s program book, here is an online viewing option.


If you go, take a small notebook and jot down a few notes so you can prepare a review. If you don’t have a place to publish it, send it me and I’ll post it here as I have in past years. And if you do have a spot to publish it, send me a link and I’ll share it.

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New Recordings for Three of This Month’s Pieces

New Recordings for Three of This Month’s Pieces

I am happy to announce three recordings from the May Announcement!

From Steve Schlesing, we hear a dramatic performance of Gatty Sellars’s arrangement of the famous Intermezzo from the incidental music to Bizet’s “L’Arlésienne.”

Bizet-Sellars.AgnusDei.html

And here are two of the pieces from James Pearce’s “Arrangements for the Organ” as played by John Apple on an Organcraft organ. (Bet you haven’t heard of that before!) They are Schumann’s Träumerei (Scenes from Childhood) and Bennett’s Theme (Piano Forte Concerto).

Pearce.ArrangementsForTheOrgan.html

 

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