Sketches of the City
by Gordon Balch Nevin, reprint from original Summy edition, 1917
This is a new printing of the original edition on sturdy, acid-free paper. This clever suite (#4 in the series that began with
Will o’ the Wisp
) consists of these short pieces, each
based on a definite program, as Nevin felt strongly that the average person could relate more to program music than to absolute music. In 1918,
he wrote that organists had written to him stating a “distinct and emphatic mention of the enjoyment of the audience” for these suites
in their programs. 1 The City from afar off, 2 On the Avenue, 3 The Grandmother, 4 Urchin Whistling in the Streets, 5 The Blind Man,
6 In Busy Mills, 7 Evening.
The suite was dedicated to Hugo Goodwin, municipal organist of St Paul, Minnesota, and composer of
Told by the Camp Fire
. 16 pages. Highest quality guaranteed. Size
of music is 12.5" x 9.5"
This Is Newly Printed Music
Gordon Balch Nevin
(1892–1943) was a second cousin to the better-known
Ethelbert Nevin and was a tireless organ teacher for two years at Hiram College
and for twelve years at Westminster College. For one year, he lived in Boston arranging music
for the Skinner “Orchestrator” player organ. (Also in this set:
) For a sample of Nevin’s writing and humor, read this free PDF,
“What Small-Town Music Needs
.” Moderately easy.