Magazine article The American Organist

Organ Music

Magazine article The American Organist

Organ Music

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R. SPAULDING STOUGHTON, In Fairyland; C.H. LLOYD, An Eton Memorial March, transcribed by A. Herbert Brewer; HERBERT A. FRICKER, A Purcell Suite. Michael's Music Service, Michaelsmusic service.com. Michael's Music Service has the motto "Making Old Music Live Again," and one must agree, even if it were only for the look and feel of its publications. Simply by unwrapping and holding the three titles mentioned above, I had a powerful sense of history coming alive. I love old organ music and am frequently adding to my collection. My purchases have been augmented in recent years by public-domain scores that are scanned and made available online. With the former, one is always dealing with somewhat brittle old paper; with the latter, the need to print single-sided copies as needed on one's home computer.

But these publications are spanking- white, printed without a single blur or blotch on sturdy white paper, and sometimes even (as in the Stoughton suite) featuring colored covers. They are truly a breath of fresh air - and that's without opening them!

Turning to the contents of these three offerings, there is first R. Spaulding Stoughton's three-movement suite In Fairyland. Dedicated to Will C. Macfarlane, it is comprised of light, characteristic pieces typical of Stoughton's work; technically, they are nearly sight-readable and will quickly yield to sincere practice. I could easily envision these pieces as lighter turns in a recital, or (especially the third, "March of the Gnomes") on a Halloween "spooktacular" or "pipe screams" program. …

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