Magazine article The American Organist

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Magazine article The American Organist

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BEST FOOT FORWARD, NO. 2

Solos for Pedals Alone

Paul Creston, Rapsodia Breve, Op. 81. New York: Franco Colombo, 1966.

This five-page rhapsody, composed in March 1963 and dedicated to Claire Coci, is by the noted composer who was an organ student of Pietro Yon and organist of St. Malachy's Church (the Actors' Chapel) in New York City from 1934 until 1967.

Richard Purvis, Rondo (Homage à Moscheles). New York: Harold Flammer, 1967.

The last of Three Fanciful Concepts, this is a fine pedal solo by the former organist of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

H. William Hawke, 10 Pedal Studies. Philadelphia: Elkan-Vogel, 1942.

Composed by a student of Lynnwood Farnam, this set is ideal for teaching; all ten will hold the student's interest and improve technique. Included are a Toccata, Carillon, Variations (5), Ostinato, and Finale.

Wilhelm Middelschulte, Perpetuum Mobile. New York: H.W. Gray, 1951.

Ever since Virgil Fox began ending every recital with "The Middelschulte" in the 1930s, this has been the consummate pedal solo. The theme is based on the subject of Bach's "Wedge" fugue. The piece serves as the Intermezzo of the composer's 1903 five-movement Concerto on a Theme off.S. Bach.

Vincent Persichetti, Do Not Go Gentle, Op. 132. Philadelphia: Elkan-Vogel, 1975.

Inspired by Dylan Thomas's 1952 poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night," this eight-minute work is the antithesis of audience-friendly.

Robert Leech Bedell, Toccata Basse. Brooklyn: Edition Le Grand Orgue, 1955.

A nice pedal etude with an unlikely middle section based on the chorale "Schmücke dich" played in two parts. …

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