This week, we bring you some suggested Organ Repertoire to use in your teaching or private use. They are varied in style, technique, and difficulty. You can browse through the music and descriptions below. We invite you to a 10% off discount this week by using coupon code musicmonday at checkout (good through July 5)
Twelve Organ Trios by Joel Martinson
These trios for organ are wonderfully versatile: they can be used as teaching pieces as well as works for the worship service or for concert. Mr. Martinson has stated in his preface that he conceived these short works as a 20th century equivalent of the “Ten Trios” of Josef Rheinberger. The pedal parts are graded in difficulty and can be extracted as pedal exercises. The pieces can be used as exercises in touch and registration on the mechanical action organ. The trios are remarkably varied in their melodic and rhythmic invention and use the full range of color on the organ. Great repertoire for organ students and concert organists.
A Paraclete Treasury of Transcriptions for Organ by Nathaniel Brown
This unique collection is full of delights! Brown has selected twenty-two works from the sacred vocal repertoire and transcribed them for organ. They range from easy to moderately difficult and come from composers like Bach, Mendelssohn, Hassler, Telemann and others. Organists will find much useful material here for voluntaries as well as recital pieces.
Variations on “Fredericktown” by Robert C. Lau
This tune, although lesser-known, is set with the words “When in our music, God is glorified.” Here Robert Lau has created a set of four variations full of exciting rhythm and color. With easy writing for hands and feet, this would make a fine hymn introduction as well as voluntary.
Five Advent Preludes by Robert J. Powell
This volume includes Sleepers Wake!, Savior of the Nations Come, Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending, O Word That Goest Forth on High, Comfort, Comfort Ye My People. These are simple, practical preludes on these often-sung hymns. The use of rhythmic interest, imitation, harmonization, and melodic contour vary according to the character of each chorale.
Variations on “Wondrous Love” by Robert C. Lau
This is a set of variations that imaginatively capture the spirit of this hymn and very effective on any size instrument. This is useful for Lent, Communion or General.
Harvest Festival by Robert J. Powell
This is an imaginative suite of pieces based on Thanksgiving tunes including St. George’s, Windsor , Kremser, Holy Manna, and Nun danket alle Gott. Each piece is treated in the style of its tune; often the tune is hinted at rather than declaimed exactly. This would make an excellent prelude for Thanksgiving or could be excerpted for concert use as well.
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