Simple organ music for a pianist
  • jazz_man
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    I'm interested in playing some simple organ postludes, offertory and communion music at a traditional Latin Mass. I'm a pianist with little experience using organ pedals. Could anyone recommend anything suitable?

    Thank you in advance.
  • Jeffrey Quick
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    Guilmant's Organist practique (see IMSLP)
    Also, tons of harmonium music, of varying degrees of musicality.
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  • irishtenoririshtenor
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    There are lots of possibilities, though what I list here are worthy, reliable, and the pedal parts are almost always optional:

    --Any of the volumes of Rossini's "The Liturgical Organist"
    --Either of the volumes of Rossini's "The Ecclesiastical Organist"
    --Rossini's "The Gregorian Organist"
    --148 Interludes for Organ (published by Kevin Mayhew)
    --John Stanley voluntaries (found on IMSLP)
    --Pachelbel Magnificat fugues (found on IMSLP)

    If you want to start trying simple things with pedals, Lorenz publishes a lot of two-staff organ music that is categorized as "easy" or "moderately easy." A decent pianist could probably figure out how to play pieces they categorize that way. Not all of their published music is of terrific quality, to be sure, so you'll have to separate the wheat from the chaff.
  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    I think the true summit of pedal-less organ music is Frescobaldi's Fiori musicali. Allegra Chapman gives a remarkable piano rendition of Toccata 2nda from Book 1, another worthwhile collection.
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  • CharlesW
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    I would get a copy of the Little Organ Book by Flor Peeters. Solidly Catholic and a good starting place for someone wanting to learn organ. Cheap, too. $13.45 on Amazon. Good beginner pedal exercises incorporated into playable pieces.
  • m_r_taylor
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    Oxford Service Music for Organ - manuals only vols 1-3
    The manual+pedal volumes 1-3 scale in difficulty so those would be great to learn on as well.
  • GerardH
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    C H Trevor edited a host of books of manuals-only or simpler organ music. If you can get a hold of them, they're immensely useful when making the switch from piano. The pieces are varied, and all come with suggested registrations.
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  • Don9of11Don9of11
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    Check out Sacred Music Library Noel Jones, forum member here has a nice collection of organ material for beginner organist.
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  • Schönbergian
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    Assuming you're a decently-skilled pianist, the works of Stanley, Frescobaldi, Sweelinck, Pachelbel, and some Buxtehude are the cream of the crop. Much French literature is also playable without the pedals. I would avoid the Rossini books if you have serious piano expertise, since most of the compositions are fairly banal and the best manuals-only repertoire is very doable for an intermediate player anyways.
  • francisfrancis
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    I constantly recommend this series

    Liber organi

    Found on IMSLP

    The link never transfers into our forum correctly
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    @Francis: A parenthesis always breaks a link in the forum software. You have to use the link tab in the edit window (or ctrl-l). Eg. something like this:
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    (These both yield the same link to the Liber organi at IMSLP)

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  • M. Jackson Osborn
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    Much Spanish and Portuguese literature of the renaissance-baroque would make very fine voluntaries. Cabezon, Carvalho, Cabinilles, and others. And you might consider some selections from the Buxheimer Orgelbuch. Too, you might look into some of the manuals only pieces in Bach's Clavierubung, Part III. Also, you could look into the chorale partitas and variations by J G Walther, who, as you may know, was Bach's cousin. Ditto Georg Bohm and others.
    (Definitely avoid anything that Schonbergian rather politely refers to as ...fairly banal...)
  • LarsLars
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    All I can say is that you can get overwhelmed by the amount of organ music on IMSLP and everyone has their own tastes and own views on what is appropriate etc..
    I too would recommend Noel Jones' collections to begin with.

    It's a shame that mentorship in the Catholic church is not a thing anymore. Or at least thats how it is where I am. Small protestant church near me is training 5 organists at the moment.
  • JesJes
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    Imslp is your friend.
    Pachelbel's Hexachordum Appollinaris is easy and no pedals.
    Frescobaldi's Toccatas are a bit more grand and use simple pedalling (long time holding one note)
    Those are my favourite I can easily sight read and bring out for occasions.
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