Why Should I Buy Your “Restored” Music?

“They say that the best things in life are free.” “They also say that you get what you pay for.”

“OK, Smart Guy … Why should I buy your “restored” music when I can download stuff for free, that’s FREE?”

OK, that’s a fair question, and I one that get from time to time. Of course, none of my regular customers ever asks this, but many who take the free downloads and then print on their individual printers and tape the 20 pound printer paper to their racks post to me once in a while. Of course, most of this music they plan to play once — that’s once — and then throw away. Who cares? It’s going into the garbage!

If you’ve taken the care and time to learn to play it, do you really want to throw it away? The obvious answer to this is that if I want to play it again, I’ll download it (if the site is still in operation) and print it (if I still have a working printer). There are a lot of “ifs” in that!

You may or may not care about music listed in the pages of pieces that attempted to advertise to those who bought the music during its initial printing, but I include those pages. I also accept and respond to your questions and requests for future restorations. I am proud to write that no other organ music publisher does this! Check my feedback for confirmation, or better yet email me and put me to the test!

Here’s a page from Harold Flammer of pieces that were available in the 1920s, and this is from the back page of a piece I am now restoring. What a golden period of organ literature were the 1920s!

You may think that why should I restore a page which does not list organ music! It’s because it is the back cover of an original which I have used for restoration of a Harold Flammer organ music piece. Think, won’t you, why Harold Flammer in 1922 listed this particular music on the back cover of one of their organ music titles. In the words of Linda Richman, “Discuss!”

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Faulkes Prelude on A Mighty Fortress Video

Ein’ Feste Burg Video for October’s Reformation Day

I have added an excellent video to my page on the Festival Prelude on Ein’ Feste Burg by William Faulkes. It’s by Hermann Koop and you can watch his video on Youtube or listen and look at the sample pages I’ve provided. You will enjoy it!

Hermann sent me a link to a page with some information on the organ and this photo.

The page indicates that it was built in 1963 by Franz Breil who used pipes from older organs in the construction. It’s II/23 and Hermann offered what he could remember:

There are 23 stops. I do not know them all by heart, but it it like this:

  • Great: principal 8′, octaav 4′, fluit 2′, fluit 8′, fluit 4′, mixture, trumpet 8′, trumpet 16′
  • Positiv: principal 4′, fluit 8′, fluit 4′, octav 2′, scharff, sesquialtar, Siffflöte, dulzian 8′
  • Pedal: Gedackt 16′, Gedackt 8′. principal 8′, fluit 4′, fluit 2′, trumpet 16′, mixture
  • All couplers

Festival Prelude on Ein’ Feste Burg

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October Bundle Is Popular

“Thank you, Michael! I look forward to working on and performing this beautiful music!” —Washington DC, USA

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Ravel’s Pavane, Faulkes’s Fortress, Boex’s Rustic March, and Kinder’s Toccata

For October’s offering, I have chosen four pieces with two that are instantly recognized, one that is little known, and one which is seldom heard. I really hope there’s something for all tastes!


1. PAVANE (pour une infante défunte), by Maurice Ravel, arranged by Charles Cronham. This is a fine arrangement, not hard to play, that captures the beauty and pathos of Ravel’s haunting melody. He composed the original for piano in 1899 in fulfillment of a commission and orchestrated it in 1910. Cronham’s organ arrangement is from 1950.

2. FESTIVAL PRELUDE ON EIN’ FESTE BURG, by William Faulkes. His treatment of this tune is not as involved or difficult as many pieces for festivals. Faulkes dedicated it to Edwin H Lemare in 1913, and it’s a great way to open a hymn festival or for postlude honoring Martin Luther (October 31).

3. MARCHE CHAMPÊTRE and THE CALM OF NIGHT, by Andrew J Boex. Though not his name, he was known in English-speaking countries as “Andrew.” To read a particularly interesting capsule biography of Boex and to hear some recordings of his music, please visit the page below.

4. TOCCATA IN D, by Ralph Kinder. I’m sure you’re thinking that we surely don’t need another toccata, especially in D. This is Kinder at his most ambitious! The right hand is filled with brilliant sixteenths but they are easily fingered. The left hand is pure accompaniment. It doesn’t have a fugue, but the ending has a great part to show off your solo or horizontal trumpet.

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.


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Loving Some of the Titles You Have Available

Thank you so very much for your kind service and your letter. I bought these items for my friend who was a rink organist for over 40 years in the Philadelphia area. Since moving down here, he’s been performing on the piano, but I believe that he has wanted to get back in the “organ” circuit, but he’s not a “church organist” nor a “classic organist.” Recently, he played the Morton Organ in the Carolina Theater in Greensboro for a fund raiser and is looking to expanding theater organ repertoire, so any suggestions you’d like to share, I’m SURE would be appreciated.

This morning, he and I spent our coffee hour, intently perusing your website, and just LOVING some of the titles you have available. I’m quite certain that this will NOT be our last interaction.

—North Carolina, USA

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Summer Fancies, Vodorinski Three, Toy March, and Prometheus Creatures

Greetings, everyone. September’s offerings include a last fling of Summer (and it’s not The Last Rose of Summer), a March of the Toys, and a transcription of Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus. The most unusual item, though, is a set of three by the little-known composer, Anton Vodorinski. Read below for the full story.


1. SUMMER FANCIES, by Rossetter Cole. Close out your summer with Cole’s pastoral light-hearted music. He played an E M Skinner for this piece, but I think it would work well on a theatre organ.

2. ORGAN RECITAL PIECES, by Anton Vodorinski. He was born in 1875 and by 1889, he had won the prestigious scholarship competition for Trinity College of Music. He won the competition again in 1892 and was appointed organist of St John’s Church, Wimbledon, London, where he remained for five years. If this sounds a bit familiar, it should. As I have told you over the many organ arrangements I’ve restored over the years … Ketèlbey was an organist! Under the Vodorinski pseudonym, these three pieces were published in 1911, the year he became music editor for Chappell and music director of the Columbia Gramophone Co and four years before publication of his “In A Monastery Garden.” Please take a look!

3. MARCH OF THE TOYS, by Oscar Schminke. Schminke used a 57 second piece as the basis for this march. It’s easy enough for any organist but still fun.

4. OVERTURE TO PROMETHEUS, by Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged by Samuel Warren. Critics and scholars have written that Beethoven’s music for this ballet, Creatures of Prometheus, is easier and lighter than his typical later music. Warren indicates where Beethoven uses instruments and gives you indications of how to recreate this on the organ. If you don’t know this little jewel, I hope you will visit my page to see and hear the music.

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.


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Surprisingly Large, but Somehow Kept Out of Sight

The History Behind the Shelton High School Pipe Organ

I love interns. Rachel Philipson, intern for the Shelton Herald, put this article together about a forgotten and abandoned organ. Yes, interns have the creativity and willingness to write about topics that experienced career news reports pass over. Once upon a time organs were built into high school auditoriums. Times changed and well, out of sight, out of mind, so life went on without the organ and organist. Read about what’s happening now.

More than 30 years ago, a 1927 Austin theatre pipe organ was moved into the auditorium where a variety of nationally acclaimed organists would perform.

Jon Sibley, president of the Connecticut Valley Theatre Organ Society, said the the organ is surprisingly large, but somehow kept out of sight. “[The organ is] behind the wall grilles on either side of the stage. Mechanical parts to the rare pipe organ include wind reservoirs that are located below the chambers, making the organ installation two stories high behind the auditorium walls and out of sight. One would be quite amazed as to what and how much is there.”


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Our Proper Packing for International Delivery

“Thank you very much for the prompt service. The delivery arrived today without any damages or bends, due to your proper packing. Even the long way across the big water to Europe! It soon will be used for warm up until the final events take place. Thanks again and until next time.” —Germany

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On the Lookout for New Repertoire

On the Lookout for New Repertoire

I received this note recently, and it made my day, week, and month! This kind of encouragement makes me want to continue restoring more and more organ music.

Thank you very much indeed for the organ music which arrived beautifully packaged as always! I play weekly organ recitals in one of the churches where I work and am always on the lookout for new repertoire to play for the small but faithful audience that come every week. The music on your website is virtually unknown to Dutch audiences (and indeed English audiences when I play in the UK).

Theatre organs are also a passion of mine and your store is one of the only places I know that has music specifically for theatre organ. I shall certainly learn a lot by studying the arrangements by Fred Feibel. Another very useful feature on the website is the recording of each piece which helps to get a quick impression of the music. Perhaps I can have a go at making some recordings of the arrangements on the theatre organs here in the Netherlands.

Many thanks once again — another very satisfied customer!

Have a great Summer. Best wishes.


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Festival Prelude on Ein’ Feste Burg

Festival Prelude on Ein’ Feste Burg

I have begun work on restoring organ music by William Faulkes, as some of you know by playing his Paraphrase on a Christmas Hymn (“O Little Town of Bethlehem”). I wanted to start with that one because it’s one of the better settings of Lewis Redner’s tune, St Louis. I have others by Faulkes for future release, and so today I have started working on his Festival Prelude on “A Mighty Fortress.” This piece has the distinction of being the last of his organ music to stay in print. Those of you who play it understand its appeal; it is an excellent choice for Reformation Day.

Now, on to the performance log shown above and in detail here. Sometimes, I am told that my restored music comes from the free download sites. Ha! If you have seen most of the organ music there, you will notice poor resolutions, skewed images, pages missing, notes unclear, and more. It is not possible to restore what’s not there! I am restoring Faulkes’s most popular piece from the well-worn copy owned by the great organist, Carl F Mueller. The dates above show the number of times he played it. The first was a recital on October 14, 1917, and the last was for service on October 30, 1960. What a run!

I hope you will watch this blog for my announcement of this piece!

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