Catalogue: Organ

 

 

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Multiple Composer Collections

#80101120 -- Zimbelstern Vol. 1: Six Hymn Preludes for Organ (organ)
Six contemporary composers were invited to write new hymn preludes for this collection. The result is a set of fresh, accessible compositions, highly suitable for worship or recital use. The six compositions are: Prelude on "Wachet auf" (Frederick Frahm), Prelude on "Melita" (John S. Dixon), Prelude on "Kingsfold" (Bruce Polay), Trio on "Wareham" (Sandra Gay), Prelude on "Gelobt sei Gott" (David W. Solomons), and Jubilee-Postlude on "Converse" (Carson P. Cooman)

#80101306 -- Gallery Music Vol. 1: Four Pieces for Organ and Handbells
Four evocative compositions for small handbell ensembles and organ. Contents: Frederick Frahm's Celestial Fire (6 bells) and At the cry of the first bird (8 bells); Carson Cooman's All Things Came to Be (8 bells); and Eric Walters's Jubilation (10 bells). The book contains a part which may be duplicated for use by the handbell ringers.

 
Allworth, Robert

#80101206 -- Suite for Organ (organ)
This short three movement suite composed in honor of the 70th birthday of the Polish composer Henryk Gorecki. The three slow and spare movements are suitable for service voluntaries either individually or together. The movements were inspired by texts from Revelation 12 and Psalm 96. Easy to play and effective.

 

Ashdown, Franklin D.

#80101323 -- Sonata da Chiesa (organ)
An easy three movement work useful for either service playing or recital: Andante Cantabile, Pastorella, and Alla Marcia.

#80101335 -- Ancient Dances (organ)
Ancient Dances is a delightful set of four organ pieces inspired by Renaissance and baroque music. The four movements are Rigadoon, Sarabande, Pavane, and Gigue.

#80101344 -- Sonata da Chiesa No. 2 (organ)
Works from the baroque entitled “Sonata da Chiesa” (“Church Sonata”) were multi-movement pieces of a non-liturgical nature that could be performed either during religious ceremonies or concerts. “Intrada” begins with a warm, unfolding gesture and subsequently pursues a flowingly lyrical development of its ideas. After a lush introduction (which returns in the middle), “Canto” presents a folk-like melody in two, intertwining voices. The third movement, “Giubilo,” is a festive rondo with a bright theme. Intervening episodes take the music to contrasting key areas, and the music ends with a spirit of great joy.

 

Ayres, Paul

#80101128 -- Three Chorale Preludes (organ)
This work is a set of three creative preludes on well-known hymn tunes. The first is a neo-Baroque setting of Crimond, the second, a dramatic and pictorial setting of Herzlich tut mich verlangen, and the third a bright and sparkling setting of Wie schoen leuchtet der Morgenstern.

 

Balderston, Mahlon

#80101267 -- Organ Music, Vol. 1 (organ)
This collection contains a series of freely-composed organ pieces useful for service or recital. Contains: Mountain Air and Dance, Polymarch, Cycle of Five, October Gold, and Passage.

#80101308 -- Organ Music, Vol. 2 (organ)
A collection of three accessible organ solos based on familiar tunes: 1) Spirituals; 2) Golden Mornings; 3) Forest Green.

 

Bellocchio, Matthew

#80101183 -- Toccata on "Veni Creator Spiritus" (organ)
This exciting toccata on the familiar Pentecost plainchant would make a useful postlude during the Pentecost season. Vibrant and easy to play.

 

Bottenberg, Wolfgang

#80101174 -- Triptych for Organ (organ)
This three movement work is based on three plainchant themes. The movements are entitled, Puer natus est, Passio, and Resurrexi. The work is excellent recital piece in its totality, or the individual movements make useful preludes during the church year.

#80101200 -- I Sing the Mighty Power of God (organ)
This short, vibrant work is based on the familiar hymn tune Ellacombe. A highly suitable postlude.

 

Canales, Michael

#80101363 -- 20 Short Organ Pieces (organ)
This exceptionally useful collection contains 20 short and easy organ pieces, highly suitable as preludes, interludes, and postludes for services. Canales's appealing romantic style draws especially on Spanish influences, which is very rare in the organ literature. Ranging from the dazzling "Flamenco Postlude in E" to the tender and mystical "Ascension Postlude in D," this volume will provide distinctive and engaging organ literature for service playing.

 

Cooman, Carson P.

#80101105 -- Sing Praise: Triptych for Organ (organ)
The three movements of this triptych are all based on hymn tunes by Sandra Gay. The first movement, Fanfare-Intrada on "Church United" is rousing and majestic. The second movement, Reflection on "Faith Journey", is serene and meditative. The final movement, Variations on "Washington", explores diverse treatments of the hymn tune. These pieces are highly useful for introducing these new hymn tunes, or simply as service or recital music.

#80101187 -- Vision: O the Lamb (organ)
This work is a mystical contemplation based on the early American folk hymn "O the Lamb." Highly suitable for Communion, any time in the season of Lent, or as a recital offering.

#80101342 -- Ricercari (keyboard)
Ricercari are three pieces inspired by the keyboard music of the early and mid 16th century. During this time, the genre of the ricercare developed as a sort of instrumental motet and a kind of proto-fugue. Each work here is a contrapuntal ricercare in a modal cast, each in a different number of voices. However, all three blend elements of the 16th century style with more contemporary sounds. These pieces may be played on any keyboard instrument (organ, piano, harmonium/reed organ, harpsichord, clavichord, or electronic keyboard).

#80101343 -- Solstice Sonata (trumpet and organ)
Solstice Sonata (2013) for trumpet and organ was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for its 2014 Biennial National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. It was premiered on June 24, 2014 at the Memorial Church, Harvard University, by trumpeter Chris Gekker and organist Christian Lane. At the solstice (summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern), the sun is directly aligned with the tropical latitude lines, and the longest day of the year occurs (marking the start of summer). This sonata is music of celebration and contemplation, taking the inspiration of the longest day as a starting place for both meditation both thoughtful and joyous. "Take Flight" soars and leaps with vigor-perhaps the image of a hang-glider's journey over a dramatic landscape under the late evening sun. "The Dream of Peace" is lyrical and passionate; it is perhaps night music of reflection and intensity. "Glittering, Aglow" begins with quiet, mystical music: a gradual awakening. A vibrant, syncopated dance breaks out, is interrupted by the quiet music again, and returns to push forward to a vibrant conclusion. The new season has begun.

#80101352 -- Toccata sequenziale sopra "ut re mi fa" (keyboard)
The formal inspiration for this piece came from early Italian keyboard toccatas (those of Frescobaldi are probably the most famous today, though there are certainly many others). However, the early influences do not come exclusively from a single source. The toccatas of Hassler, the ricercari of Steigleder, the fantasias of Cornet and Kerckhoven, the fugues of Couperin, and anonymous late medieval keyboard music all are thrown into the mix, and blended with a contemporary use of mixed modality. This piece may be played on any keyboard instrument (organ, piano, harmonium/reed organ, harpsichord, clavichord, or electronic keyboard).

#80101353 -- Prelude, Fughetta, and Allegro (keyboard)
Inspired by Bach's BWV 998 (a keyboard triptych likely originally conceived for the lautenwerk or "lute harpsichord"), this piece may be played effectively on any keyboard instrument (organ, piano, harmonium/reed organ, harpsichord, clavichord, or electronic keyboard). The opening triple-meter prelude in Eb major is sunny and bright in character, with its arpeggiated textures evoking plucked strings. The fughetta begins in the relative minor (C), with a darker and more dissonantly chromatic spirit; however, it works through several keys to end up in Eb major. The concluding allegro returns to joyous mood of the opening movement (though with its internal episodes moving to C minor again).

#80101365 -- Three Renaissance Dances (keyboard)
These three dances are inspired by Renaissance forms, although they employ a harmonic and melodic language that blends Renaissance harmony with more contemporary elements. They may be played on any keyboard instrument. Organ and harpsichord are the most likely candidates, but performance on clavichord, harmonium, reed organ, piano, or even electronic keyboard are also possible.

 

 

Diemer, Emma Lou

#80101106 -- Variations on "Reformation" (organ)
This set of five variations for organ is based on Diemer's new hymn tune Reformation, set to Martin Luther's classic text "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." The variations explore a variety of moods from highly rhythmic and exciting to meditative. The hymn and text are also included in the publication for congregational performance. Useful for service or recital, especially in the context of introducing this new hymn tune.

#80101109 -- Bring Many Names (organ)
This piece is a setting of the hymn tune Westchase by Carlton R. Young, most often used with the text "Bring Many Names" by Brian Wren. The work alternates contemplative movements with more robust and excited material.

#80101110 -- Variations on "Dove of Peace" (organ)
This work is a continuous set of variations for organ on the early American hymn tune Dove of Peace. Joyous outer sections surround more contemplative inner ones. All aspects of the hymn tune are explored. Highly useful for service or recital.

#80101113 -- Variations on "Abide With Me" (organ)
This work is an extensive fantasy on "Abide With Me", in the style of 19th century composers. It is dramatic, highly expressive, and very powerful. Suitable for festival service or recital. The American Organist (Nov 2001) provides the following review of the work: "...a rather robust chorale prelude on "Abide With Me" that eschews sentimentality and casts this old warhorse of a hymn in a more positive light. It's a piece many organists might like to look into." Recorded on Dixon-Broyles Productions by Joan DeVee Dixon.

#80101114 -- Variations on "Rendez a Dieu" (organ)
This large-scale composition (for large organ) is a full-scale recital piece on the well-known hymn tune Rendez a Dieu. The American Organist (Nov 2001) provides the following review of the work: "...a blockbuster of a recital piece, over 20 minutes in length, beginning quietly with a lush harmonic texture, but moving into a brisk toccata-like movement. A quieter movement separates this from the final virtuosic finale, also reflecting the French toccata style." Recorded on Dixon-Broyles Productions by Joan DeVee Dixon.

#80101139 -- Variations on "Coatue" (organ)
This work is a continuous set of variations for organ on the hymn tune Coatue (Carson Cooman; "To Hear the Word That You Pass By"). The work opens with a neo-baroque setting and move towards a rhythmic and resplendent conclusion. Useful for service or recital and not difficult.

#80101155 -- I Have Decided to Follow Jesus (organ)
This immensely fun and good-spirited work is a setting of the familiar praise song "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus." (Assam) A slightly jazzy atmosphere pervades this joyful and very rhythmic piece. The American Organist (Mar 2004) describes the work as:"absolutely winsome."

#80101158 -- Aria (organ)
This beautiful, lyrical composition for organ would make an excellent offertory or prelude. Easy to play.

#80101173 -- Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart (organ)
This work is an energetic and rhythmic setting of the familiar hymn. Suitable for use anywhere in service.

#80101202 -- Ragtime (organ pedals alone)
This work is a jaunty and humorous organ solo for pedals alone that suggests ragtime with its rhythms. An excellent recital selection or even a fun service postlude.

#80101203 -- Beneath the Cross (organ)
This composition is based on the familiar hymn tune St. Christopher. The piece is written in a dramatic, 19th century style, reminiscent of the music of French composer Cesar Franck. An excellent dramatic service prelude or recital piece.

#80101204 -- Toccata and Fugue (organ)
A two movement work of spirit and character. Both movements are very rhythmic with a little humor thrown in too. An strong service or recital piece.

#80101205 -- Variations on "Alleluia" (organ)
A set of free-flowing variations on the hymn tune by S. S. Wesley. Four variations present the tune in a joyous manner.

#80101216 -- Celebration ("Marian's Piece") (organ)
A one-movement fantasy suitable for recital or extended church occasions. Begins and ends with expansive, celebratory music and explores many other moods in between: from serene to humorous.

#80101233 -- Odes on Beethoven's Ninth and Simple Gifts (organ)
A set of three movements usable individually or together for service or recital. The first movement is based on the theme from the Finale of Beethoven's ninth symphony ("Ode to Joy"). The second movement is based on the Shaker melody "Simple Gifts", and the last movement combines the two together.

#80101237 -- I Danced in the Morning (organ)
This work, originally commissioned for an organ dedication, is a set of seven festive variations on the Shaker melody "Simple Gifts." The work abounds with fun and good humor. Suitable for celebratory occasions.

#80101268 -- Variations on "Old One Hundredth" (piano and organ)
This exciting and fun set of variations on the Doxology for piano and duet consists of four separate movements, which can be played together as a suite or separately. First is "Variations on Old One Hundredth" which contains four festive variations and a coda. The second movement, "Meditation on Old 100th" is quiet and mystical. The third movement, "Old 100th Rag" is light and fun. The fourth movement, "Grand Old Finale on Old 100th" is ebullient and glittering. A delightful piece for recital or service.

#80101276 -- Time Pieces (trumpet and organ)
These four movements for trumpet and organ are arranged in a slow–fast–slow–fast order. They may be played in a group or separately. “Quiet Time” has a gently rhythmic motion and a calm, expressive trumpet part. “Happy Time” is full of rhythmic bounce and exuberance. “Simple Time” is based on the Shaker tune SIMPLE GIFTS, but is slow and contemplative, rather than lively. “Closing Time” is bold and syncopated, with a touch of rag. All the pieces are intended to be in the middle range of difficulty for the instruments, and are for enjoyment in either a concert or church setting. The organ part can easily be adapted to piano.

#80101311 -- Three Carol Lullabies (organ)
Three easy organ preludes on traditional Christmas lullabies: 1) Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; 2) Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head; 3) Lully, Lulla (The Coventry Carol). The American Organist (Nov 2011) descrirbed the work as "quiet, reflective, and beautiful."

#80101313 -- Toccata on "Helmsley" (organ)
A festive and brilliant toccata on the familiar hymn tune, usually paired with the words "Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending."

#80101345 -- Triptych (organ)
A three movement work suitable for recital or service use. The first movement is a bright and vibrant march, marked “unwavering.” In “Air,” a lyrical melody is presented over a lush accompaniment. The final Toccata abounds with energetic syncopations and cross-rhythms, bringing the work to an affirmative conclusion.

 

Dixon, John S.

#80101103 -- Five Postludes (organ)
This collection contains five appealing, accessible, and useful postludes for organ. The five pieces are Rondo Benvenuto, Gaudeamus in Musica, Joyful Hymn, Trumpet Tune, and Paean. Each would make an excellent service postlude.

#80101116 -- Six Offertories (organ)
This collection contains six short and contemplative works for organ. They are highly suitable as service offertories, preludes, or other voluntaries. The six pieces are Elegy, Prière, Elevation, Berceuse, Offertoire, and Chant Solonnel. All are lyrical and melodic.

#80101138 -- Six Christmas Voluntaries (organ)
This collection contains six delightful and useful works for organ on familiar hymns and carols from the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany seasons. The six compositions are: Prelude on "Sleepers Wake", The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came, Bagatelle on "Il Est Ne", Sing We Now of Christmas!, How Far Is It to Bethlehem?, and Fantasia on "We Three Kings." The American Organist (Mar 2004) describes the volume as: "very creative, colorful, and only moderately difficult. You will love the entire collection! Highly recommended."

#80101164 -- Amazing Grace (organ)
This work is a brief prelude on the familar hymn tune. It begins quietly, builds to climax in the middle, and ends quietly. Suitable for prelude or offertory.

#80101190 -- Remembrance (organ)
This work is a beautiful and hushed meditation for organ. Originally composed in memory of the US space shuttle Columbia disaster in February 2003. It is suitable as a work for general offertory, communion, prelude, or a specific memorial occasion.

#80101191 -- Aria Serena (organ)
An attractive and melodic aria. Easy to play, and suitable for countless occasions.

#80101207 -- With Eager Hands: Organ Music for Manuals Only (organ)
This extensive and incredibly useful collection contains twenty short, original organ pieces that require only manuals to perform. These highly melodic and energetic compositions are well suited for service playing or teaching. Pieces of varying characters -- preludes, offertories, and postludes -- have been included.

 

Ehrhardt, Robert

#80101117 -- Preludes on American Folk Hymns (organ)
This highly useful collection contains six imaginative preludes on traditional American folk hymns and spirituals. The hymns are Beach Spring, Lonesome Valley, Pentecost (Every Time), Cleansing Fountain, There Is a Balm, and My Lord What a Morning.

#80101118 -- That Old Time Toccata (organ)
The composer describes this highly enjoyable piece with the following words: "This is what happens when Vierne collides with bluegrass in 7/8 time." It is based on the old gospel song "Give Me That Old Time Religion" and would be useful a postlude for an informal service or a recital encore.

#80101119 -- Variants on the Hymn Tune "Pisgah" (organ)
This work is a large-scale set of variations on the early American tune Pisgah, sung to the words "When I Can Read My Title Clear." The hymn is taken through nearly every possible treatment, ending with a fugue.

 


Fedak, Alfred V.

#80101176 -- A Psalm of Praise (organ)
This vibrant work for organ is inspired by Psalm 148. The outer sections are fast and rhythmic, while the middle section is lyrical (and inspired by the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams.) Highly useful for service or recital.

#80101192 -- Hymn: Blessed Be the Holy Sacrament (organ)
This work is a short organ setting of a well-known Polish folk hymn from the Galicia region. Useful for communion.

 

Fletcher, Alan

#80101265 -- Organ Music, Vol. 1 (organ)
Fletcher's organ music is carefully composed for the instrument, taking advantage of its full capabilities. This collection of both hymn-based and free-ly composed pieces includes: Lullaby, Variations on "Divinum Mysterium", Variations on "Slane", Carnegie Fanfare. Moderate to difficult.

#80101266 -- Organ Music, Vol. 2: Meditations on Psalm 19 (organ)
Fletcher's organ music is carefully composed for the instrument, taking advantage of its full capabilities. This collection is a four movement suite, Meditations on Psalm 19. Moderate to difficult.

 

Frackenpohl, Arthur

#80101349 -- Suite in Baroque Style (keyboard)
Three movements in a Baroque-inspired style that can be played on any keyboard instrument (including organ, harpsichord, or piano). Two chorale preludes ("Ach Gott, wie manches Herzelied” and "Nur mein Jesus ist mein Leben”) are followed by a freely-composed fugue in D minor.

 

Frahm, Frederick

#80101247 -- Three Voluntaries (organ)
This set of voluntaries for organ manuals forms a triptych for liturgical use. They may be played as a set in order, or individually per the performer’s discretion. They were composed for a modest two manual organ. The voluntaries, reminiscent of the Vierne or Litaize ‘liturgical preludes’, are not based on any pre-existing tunes. Download complete MP3 files of these pieces: #1, #2, #3.

#80101248 -- Three Chapels (organ)
The northern New Mexico landscape is replete with many churches and chapels which have served for centuries as a cornerstone of faith for the indigenous and colonial peoples. Each region and place of worship has its own colorful history, often the stuff of legend. Three Chapels (for organ manuals) takes its inspiration from the lore and history surrounding some of these holy sites. Chimayó is a place of pilgrimage and healing for the sick; Acoma a place of tension and fusion between two distinct cultural theologies; and Rosario a place of great ceremony for one week of the year. Download complete MP3 files of these pieces: #1, #2, #3.

#80101250 -- Two Organ Pieces (organ)
This volume contains two short organ works: Pray without ceasing was composed in memory of composer Daniel Pinkham. Epithalamium is a piece with a gentle processional character. Originally composed for a wedding, it can be used in nearly any service context.

#80101275 -- As of Fire (organ)
This work (subtitled "Visions of Pentecost") is a dramatic, yet accessible piece inspired by Pentecost and based on a poem of Catherine Walsh. The work can be played as a stand-alone recital or service work, or sections from the poem can be inserted as narrations.

#80101316 -- Archangels (trumpet and organ)
These three lyrical pieces for trumpet and organ (manuals only) may be performed as a set or individually. Each movement (St. Michael; St. Raphael; and St. Gabriel) is inspired by a different Biblical passage.

 

Gay, Sandra

#80101101 -- Meditation and Dance on "Weisse Flaggen" (organ)
This two movement work is based on the hymn tune Weisse Flaggen, commonly associated with Albert F. Bayly's text "When the Morning Stars Together." The Meditation is lush and contemplative. The Dance is sprightly and energetic. Recorded on Zimbel Records by Sandra Gay.

#80101102 -- Call It a Day: Three Pieces for Organ on Familiar Tunes (organ)
The three pieces in this set are based on three familiar tunes. The first movement is Muzette on "Now Is Born", based on the familiar French Christmas carol. The second movement, Variations on "The Spacious Firmament", is based on the hymn tune by F. J. Haydn. The third movement, Nocturne on "Brahms Lullaby", is a gentle treatment of the well-known melody. Appropriate for service or recital.

#80101115 -- Partita on a Hymn Tune of Tallis (organ)
This work is a five movement partita on the famous Third Mode Melody of Thomas Tallis. The variations range from serene to grand. Some of the variations could be excerpted for individual service voluntaries. The entire work is highly suitable for service or recital. Recorded on Zimbel Records by Sandra Gay.

#80101133 -- Academic Festival Overture (Johannes Brahms, arr. Gay) (organ)
The familiar overture by Brahms has been arranged by Sandra Gay in an accessible form for organ solo. Suitable for recital.

#80101140 -- Footnotes, Vol. 1 (organ pedals alone)
This set contains six hymn preludes for organ pedals alone. All are accessible to the average organist and are designed to be used as actual service (or recital) literature (rather than just exercises, like most pedal only pieces). The six hymns in this collection are: Roeder, St. Gertrude, Toplady, Iverson (Living God), Kingsfold, and Madrid (Spanish Chant).

#80101141 -- Footnotes, Vol. 2 (organ pedals alone)
Sandra Gay's innovative Footnotes series continues with Vol. 2, six hymn preludes for pedals alone on contemporary hymn tunes. The six tunes represented are Faithsong, Wedding Prayer (both tunes by Sandra Gay), Dance of Praise, Davenport (both tunes by Alfred V. Fedak), Coatue, and Siasconset (both tunes by Carson Cooman).

#80101142 -- Footnotes, Vol. 3 (organ pedals alone)
This volume in the Footnotes series contains six hymn preludes for pedals alone on Christmas carols and hymn tunes. The six tunes represented are Vom Himmel Hoch, Still Still Still, In Dulci Jubilo, Stille Nacht, Coventry Carol, and Personent Hodie.

#80101151 -- Christmas Postlude (organ)
This organ work, excerpted from the cantata Tidings of Great Joy, would make an excellent and exciting postlude for the Christmas season. Fragments of a number of Christmas hymns run throughout, including Vom Himmel Hoch, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Tempest Adest Floridium, and Il Est Ne.

#80101157 -- Vigil (organ)
This brief and meditative organ work is suitable as a prelude or offertory, especially during penitential seasons, or for use during communion. Easy to play and haunting.

#80101169 -- A Host of Angels: Suite for Organ (organ)
This work is a suite in five movements, suitable for worship or concert setting. The movements (Herald Angels, Angel Dust, Angels On the Head of a Pin, Guardian Angels, and Angels Praising God) are inspired by different kinds and aspects of angels. The movements can be used separately or in combination in worship context. Described in the journal 21st Century Music as "character pieces of personality and profile." Recorded on Zimbel Records by Sandra Gay.

#80101172 -- Zampogna (organ)
This delightful organ work features the zimbelstern. The title refers to double drone bagpipes, and the music contains evocations of both early music and more contemporary idioms. Useful as an offertory or postlude.

#80101186 -- In God's Image (organ)
This brief work was written in memory of poet Beth Rice Luttrell, and is highly suitable as an offertory or short prelude. Easy to play and serenely beautiful. Recorded on Zimbel Records by Sandra Gay.

#80101214 -- Parables (organ)
Commissioned by the 2005 American Guild of Organists Region II/III Convention, Poughkeepsie, New York, and premiered by Craig Williams on the organ at the West Point Cadet Chapel. This suite takes one of Jesus' parables as the inspiration for each of its four movements: Parable of the Mustard Seed (Voluntary), Parable of the Lost Sheep (Siciliano), Parable of the Good Samaritan (Reflection), Parable of the Lost Coin (Toccata Rondo). Accessible and evocative, the work is useful for both service and recital contexts.

#80101220 -- Three Preludes on Advent Hymns (organ)
Three short organ pieces based on familiar Advent hymns: Creator of the Stars at Night; Comfort, Comfort Ye, My People; and Prepare the Way, O Zion. Two versions of the third piece are included (a shorter one and a more extended version).

#80101225 -- Webster Trilogy (organ)
This three movement organ work was commissioned by the village of Webster, New York in celebration of its 100th anniversary (1905-2005). The musical language of the work alludes to styles of the early 20th century. The three movements are Trolley Trumpet Tune (a traditional trumpet tune, with some train horn interjections), Apple Orchard Ayre (a lyrical and serene contemplation) , and Ridge Road Rondeau (a rondo with some ragtime influences).

#80101336 -- Sentiments (organ)
A four movement suite for manuals only highly suitable for recital or service use. The four parts of Sentiments are designed to show the elements of a person’s emotional outlook as his situation gradually changes from unexpected sadness to joy. Solemnity, the initial feeling of hopelessness moves to Tranquility as the despair lessens and is replaced by an inner peace, indicating acceptance. As time passes, the situation becomes more positive, and although our friend is still skeptical, he begins to feel Anticipation and hope. Then, the situation comes full circle, ending in happiness, and restoring his original emotional state of Mirth.

 

 

Gell, David A.

#80101166 -- Little Partita on "McKee" (organ)
The six movements (framed by an introduction and epilogue) of this partita are designed to be accessible to the beginning or intermediate organist. The pedal part is easy throughout. A highly useful setting of this African-American tune, usually set to the text "In Christ There Is No East Or West"

#80101167 -- Prelude on "Balm in Gilead" (organ)
This setting of the familiar spiritual begins very quietly (with blues-inflected harmonies) and moves over its course to end with full organ. An excellent prelude or concert piece.

#80101168 -- A Suite for Worship on "Westminster Abbey" (organ)
This exciting suite makes use of the hymn tune by Henry Purcell, which appears with many different texts. The five variations (concluding with a fiery toccata) are patterned after early English voluntaries.

#80101227 -- El Seguido Litúrgico (organ)
This work is a freely-composed liturgical suite for service or recital use. It is comprised of five movements combining old Spanish and contemporary French organ idioms.

 

Gibbs, Allen Orton

#80101238 -- Complete Organ Music (organ)
The 72-page collection contains 11 solo movements and suites, all of which are accessible, melodic, and range from preludes on hymn tunes to a biblical suite for organ and narrator. As Gibbs was a distinguished organist herself, the music is idiomatically conceived for the instrument and all the pieces are accessible and useful for either service or recital playing. (View a performance of Reflection on an Old Hebrew Prayer on Youtube.)

 

Gompper, David

#80101258 -- Three Preludes (organ)
A creative and compelling recital work. The first movement is in the spirit of a choral prelude, the second is a quick toccata in 5/8 time, and the third is set as a chorale.

 

Hartley, Walter H.

#80101137 -- Adagio (organ)
This brief work for organ is highly suitable as an offertory or prelude. Using warm harmonies, the work builds to a climax and then returns to the calm in which it began.

#80101307 -- Prelude: Fount of Blessing (organ)
This organ piece is based upon four hymn tunes from early American sources, all of which were set at various times to the familiar text "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing." (RESTORATION/OLNEY/WARRENTON/NETTLETON)

 

Hijleh, Mark

#80101136 -- Fantasia on "Holy Manna" (organ)
This organ composition is a free fantasia on the early American hymn tune Holy Manna (from W. Moore's Columbian Harmony). The familiar hymn tune, New Britain ("Amazing Grace"), also makes fleeting appearances. Suitable for a service prelude or as a dramatic recital piece.

 

Hutchinson, Michael W.

#80101209 -- Meditation on "Land of Rest" (organ)
A quiet and warm prelude on the familiar American hymn, written in memory of Paul Hamill. Noted as "Recommended" by The American Organist (Feb 2005). Download a complete MP3 file of this piece.

 

Jensen, Nathan

#80101312 -- Second Suite for Organ (organ)
A beautiful five movement suite of easy-moderate difficulty for use in service or concert. Prelude, Cantilena, Rigadoon, Nigun, and Toccata.

 

Johnson, Dennis R.

#80101161 -- Psalm 130 (Out of the Depths) (organ)
This brief composition is a freely-composed piece inspired by Psalm 130. The work uses rich harmonies and a pictorial approach. Suitable as a prelude or offertory.

#80101162 -- Five Spiritual Poems (organ)
This stunning collection contains five useful organ compositions based on African-American spirituals. Treatments are exciting, original, and always highly appropriate. The five movements are: The Lord Is My Shepherd, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, I Want to Be a Christian, The Old Ship of Zion, and Bless That Wonderful Name.

 

Kemp, Stephen

#80101288 -- Three Pieces from Ancient Tunes (trumpet and organ)
Three short pieces for trumpet and organ based on familiar plainchant tunes: Divinum mysterium, Pange lingua, and Te lucis ante terminum.

 

Lomon, Ruth

#80101124 -- Commentaries (organ)
The three movements of this dramatic composition, Alpha and Omega, Bow in the Cloud, and When It Came to Pass are inspired by three different Bible passages. It is intended as recital literature.

 

Machajdík, Peter

#80101321 -- On the Seven Colors of Light (organ)
The composer writes: 'This work features seven meditations on the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus Christ from the cross. Each part of the composition is musically and spiritually connected with one of the words. The music attempts to portray the meaning of the words, and to heighten how they sound. Often the left hand of the organ represents Christ’s body, the right hand represents his soul, and the pedals represent his breath. In many passages, the listener can observe the instrument in its search for forgiveness, hope, and light.'

 

Mawby, Colin

#80101217 -- Quiet Prayer (organ)
A serene and gentle piece, easy to play and suitable for an offertory or prelude.

#80101219 -- Variations on an Original Theme (organ)
This work begins with a reflective theme, followed by six variations of differing characters -- ranging from introspective contemplation to joyous praise. Any of the variations can be played alone as a voluntary (and many have optional endings for that purpose). The entire work is highly suitable for either service or recital.

 

Maxwell, David

#80101208 -- Reflections on the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi (organ)
These two introspective pieces are an interpretation of the composer's feeling of peace while meditating at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. They are improvisatory in nature, with melodic shapes often reflective of plainsong. Extremely evocative and attractive.

#80101228 -- Two Processionals (organ)
These two processionals are in a festive trumpet tune style. Useful for service playing and ceremonial occasions.

#80101232 -- Toccata de Fête (organ)
A celebratory and festive work, inspired by the French toccata style. Energetic and very fun to play.

 

Oliver, Curt

#80101150 -- Meditation on "Conditor Alme Siderum" (organ)
This meditation is a quiet and reflective setting of the well-known Advent plainsong. Its use of repetitive patterns (minimalism) draws the listener to a relaxed and contemplative state. Easy to play and useful for services or recital.

 

Penfield, Craig A.

#80101322 -- Madrigal Sonatas (keyboard)
A set of 24 three movement sonatas that can be played on any keyboard instrument (organ, piano, harmonium/reed organ, harpsichord, clavichord, or electronic keyboard). The composer writes the following: "My inspiration for composing these sonatas comes as a direct result of the music of the Renaissance and early Baroque. It is an attempt by this composer to capture in his own musical vocabulary some of the 'essence' that pervades the music of these past centuries." These pieces are easy to play and extremely useful for services, recitals, or teaching.

#80101326 -- Fugal Fantasia (organ)
A baroque-influenced work highly suitable for postlude or recital. Included are two versions: one for manuals only (or chamber organ) and one for full organ with pedals.

#80101328 -- Lyric Prelude (organ)
A brief, lyrical piece employing impressionist harmonies. Easy.

#80101331 -- Three Festival Pieces (organ)
These three dramatic pieces (Fanfare Héroïque, Etude Brillante, and Concert Toccata) would make stunning additions to any recital.

#80101333 -- Organbook (organ)
One of the composer's earliest compositions (1965), newly revised for publication in 2012. Nine movements: 1) Prelude; 2) Musette; 3) Trio; 4) Ostinato; 5) Plaint; 6) Elegy; 7) Scherzo; 8) Nocturne; 9) Fanfare

#80101334 -- Suite évocatrice (organ or harmonium)
A work for organ (manuals only) or harmonium with strong French impressionist influences. A brief Préface precedes the three movements: Nuit venteuse; Berceuse triste; and Étude heroïque.

#80101338 -- Four Liturgical Pieces (organ)
Four contrasting works of easy to moderate difficulty, useful for service or recital: 1) Choral solemnis; 2) Prélude modale; 3) Paean; 4) Dona nobis pacem

#80101347 -- Canticles for Organ (organ)
Three short pieces (Magnificat, Nunc dimittis, and Te Deum) in a free, French-inflected style inspired by plainchant (though not quoting actual chants). Dramatic and beautiful music for service or recital.

#80101348 -- Les cieux (The Heavens) (SATB choir)
A short, evocative piece for wordless choir with a French impressionist flavor. Not difficult, and provides an excellent opportunity for a choir to explore this harmonic idiom and performance style

 
Polay, Bruce

#80101107 -- Consolation (organ)
Consolation is a serene and meditative work for organ. A lyrical theme is developed by a flute stop over a slowly moving warm accompaniment. It is highly suitable as a service prelude or offertory.

#80101325 -- Suite of Preludes (organ)
Five expansive settings of familiar hymn tunes, suitable for service or recital. 1) Dulcimer; 2) Toplady; 3) Lobet den Herren; 4) Eventide; 5) Sine Nomine

 

Prins, Iteke

#80101332 -- Fantasia (organ)
A short, easy work in several sections highly suitable for service or recital. An opening chorale-like idea is treated in several different manners before a festive ending, reminiscent of a peal of bells.

#80101346 -- Celebrate Past, Present, and Future (organ)
This organ fantasy incorporates on of the composer's original hymn tunes along with the familiar tune ST. ANNE. Very suitable for a postlude on a festive occasion.

 

Rentowski, Wieslaw

#80101257 -- Tu Es Petra (organ)
This work is a vibrant and dramatic toccata, suitable for postlude or recital use. It is not hard to play, but creates an impressive effect.

#80101273 -- Ab ovo (alto saxophone and two organists)
Ab ovo for alto saxophone and two organists (one organ) was awarded the prize in the Polish National Composer’s Competition in Warsaw, Poland (1988). The work is a one movement composition written originally for a three manual organ. The musical language of the piece employs an alternation of quasi-baroque motifs and polyphony (organ part) with more avant-garde texture (cluster-like chords). The saxophone part is very free in its dramatic and lyrical expression, and is full of different techniques often influenced by associations with jazz (fast repetitions, glissandi, and aleatoric passages). The sales set contains a bound score for the organ and a looseleaf score for the saxophonist.

#80101309 -- Erhalt Uns, Herr (organ)
An expressive chorale prelude on the Lenten hymn ERHALT UNS, HERR.

#80101310 -- Kammermusik for Organ (organ)
A creative and tuneful five-movement suite for solo organ incorporating both neo-baroque and contemporary elements. Extremely accessible and useful for service or recital.

 

Rivero, Claire Karst

#80101317 -- Awakening (organ)
The composer describes this piece as follows: "In the first section, the sun is beginning its journey across the Eastern sky; in the second, the sun's light is literally dancing, creating beautiful patterns; and in the final section, the world rejoices at the dawn of a new day, full of promise. This work can be performed at any time in the liturgical cycle or for recital."

 

Siebert, Mark

#80101184 -- Toccata in D minor (organ)
This attractive, yet easy to play toccata would serve well as a postlude or recital offering.

#80101197 -- Caprice in C (organ)
This piece is a short and sprightly work which will prove useful as a service postlude or offertory. Tonally it roves through a variety of key centers.

#80101198 -- Sonata I (organ)
This work is a four-movement sonata for organ. Consists of a prelude, a lyrical adagio, a scherzo featuring hemiola, and a bounding finale. Easy to play and highly rewarding. The entire work could be used for recital purposes, or the individual movements excerpted for service voluntaries. Reminiscent of Paul Hindemith's organ sonatas.

#80101201 -- Preludes on Campmeeting Songs (organ)
This set contains five compelling preludes on familiar American campmeeting hymn tunes. Includes Middlebury, Cleansing Fountain, Wondrous Love, Star in the East, and Lenox. Useful individually for service purposes or all together as a concert suite.

#80101221 -- Nocturne (organ)
A gentle and lyrical piece. Outer sections of rising and falling chords frame a middle section featuring a solo melody.

#80101222 -- Reflection (organ)
A short meditation. An opening section featuring a descending melody gives way to a hushed, very slow, chorale section. Hints of the melody return in a brief coda. The "open harmonies" of 4ths and 5ths are the key musical building blocks of the piece.

 

Signorile, James V.

#80101125 -- Et in Terra Pax (organ)
This short work for organ is subtitled "Hymn for Hovhaness" and was written in memory of American composer Alan Hovhaness. It is hymn-like in character, featuring simple and warm harmonies as it slowly builds to the end. Suitable for service use as an offertory or brief prelude.

 

Scherr, Bernard

#80101249 -- Organ Preludes (on Plainchant Themes) (organ)
A festive and stately work suitable for joyous postlude or recital use. Not difficult.

 

Siler, John

#80101236 -- Fanfare and Exaltations (organ)
A festive and stately work suitable for joyous postlude or recital use. Not difficult.

 

Tollefson, Timothy

#80101112 -- Three Hymn Preludes (organ)
This work is a set of three preludes on hymn tunes familiar in the Lutheran church. The three preludes are on the tunes Dorothy ("Love in Christ is Strong and Living"), Nun komm der heiden heiland, and Stricken, Smitten, Afflicted. The preludes are highly usable in worship service settings and present the tunes clearly and creatively.

 

Turrin, Joseph

#80101245 -- Canticle (organ)
This attractive organ meditation develops a lyrical melody, set with warm and lush harmonies.

 

Twining, Toby

#80101315 -- Movimentum in C Minor (organ)
This appealing minimalist work falls naturally under the hands and is an exciting selection for postlude or recital.

 

Uehlein, Christopher

#80101314 -- Sonatina (organ)
An appealing three-movement composition that can be played on instruments of a single manual (such as continuo/portatif organs) or larger instruments.

 

Wehr, Jamie

#80101231 -- Passacaglia in C minor (organ)
This dramatic work is suitable for recital or service. It ranges widely in character -- building from a gently flowing beginning to a powerful and full conclusion.

 

Weidner, Raymond

#80101170 -- Variations on "In Dulci Jubilo" (organ)
This partita on the familiar Christmas hymn was inspired by Baroque models. As the variations unfold, the melody recedes into the fabric of the accompaniment until only a hint of the familiar tune is evident. Easy, with optional pedal part.

 

Young, Carlton R.

#80101211 -- Adagio for Organ (organ)
This brief work is a sumptuous adagio in Romantic style. Lyric and beautiful. Highly suitable for service or recital.

 

Yu, Man-Ching "Donald"

#80101246 -- Three Organ Pieces (organ)
This collection contains three brief organ pieces useful for recital or service playing: Meditation, Mystical Aria, and Toccata fantastique.

 

Zuckerman, Mark

#80101212 -- S'lichah - Prayer for Forgiveness (organ)
This short meditation for organ is suitable as service music either for Christian or Reform Jewish worship. Hauntingly atmospheric and easy to play.