Sunshine and Shadow
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. 8 pages. All markings are original. There are comments on
the piece, a photo, and glossary. 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. “Sunshine and Shadow” was
published in 1891, late in Buck’s compositional timeline. It is the first
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 “Sunshine and Shadow,” Buck directed at
the bottom of the first page that the verse-motto be printed for the audience.
This describes what the performer is to communicate to the listener — the
imagery of sunshine and shadow as the life and death of man. 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 is moderately easy.