Fantasia on “My Old Kentucky Home”
by J E W Lord, reprint of White-Smith from 1913
This is a new printing of the original on sturdy paper. 12 pages. The given title is this cumbersome name: Fantasia for the
Organ on an old Southern Melody, “My Old Kentucky Home.”
As found in the practice of so many publishers of the time,
the publisher used this ruse as an attempt to circumvent copyright. This was never an old Southern melody! It was written by
Stephen Foster and published as “My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night” by Firth and Pond around 1853 and was still being
renewed as recently as 1909, four years before Lord’s composition.
Highest quality guaranteed. Size
of music is 9.5" x 12.5"
This Is Newly Printed Music
John Edwin Windsor Lord (1862-1929) was born on November 5, 1862, in Rossendale, Lancashire, England. After organ
study with James Kendrick Pyne (1852–1938), organist of Manchester Cathedral, he received a diploma in organ from Victoria College in
London. After serving as organist-director in several churches in England, Lord emigrated to the United States. He taught organ at
Meridian College in Mississippi, where he received an honorary doctorate. While there, Lord served as organist-director at First Baptist
Church and organist at the Strand Theatre. Later, he taught organ at the Whitman Conservatory of Music in Walla-Walla, Washington
(scroll down to read the article announcing this appointment), and the Women’s College of Alabama in Montgomery. He served
as organist-choirmaster in Montgomery at First Presbyterian Church and Temple Beth Or. Lord died on January 31, 1929, after having
a stroke the previous Friday while playing the organ at the Strand Theatre in Tupelo, Mississippi, about a week after accepting the
position. The Fantasia is dedicated to J Frank Frysinger (1878–1954), composer and head of the organ department at the University
of Nebraska in Lincoln. Moderately easy.