On the Coast
by Dudley Buck, reprint of 1891 G Schirmer edition
This is a new printing of the original edition on sturdy 80 pound acid-free
paper. 12 pages. All markings are original. There is a brief biography of Buck,
exclusive to Michael's Music Service, and comments on the piece. Dudley Buck
was for several decades America's most famous organist and organ composer. At
the time of publication of On the Coast, he was the organist at
the Church of the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, playing their enlarged III/40 stop
1873 Hilborne Roosevelt (Op. 3). Highest quality guaranteed. Size of music is
12.5" x 9.5"
This Is Newly Printed Music
(1839-1909), a contemporary of Eugene Thayer and John
Knowles Paine, was one of the early American organ virtuosi who composed
many works for the organ. “On the Coast” was published
in 1891, late in Buck's compositional timeline. It is the second of a
four-piece set of programmatic pieces titled Four Tone Pictures
which is among the earliest American organ music to create a scene or story in the listener's
mind. In “On the Coast,” Buck directed at the bottom of the first
page that the verse-motto be printed for the audience. This reinforces the
imagery of the surf and waves in contrast to the calm of the quoted Vesper
Hymn. Fingering and pedaling indications are from the original edition.
The notes fall nearly always under the hand, and there is no advanced technique
required. The entire piece lies between easy and moderately easy.