Oxford Book of Christmas Organ Music for Manuals

Oxford Book of Christmas Organ Music for Manuals

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A collection of manuals-only organ music covering the church's year from Advent to Epiphany, containing arrangements of core repertoire from the 18th- to 20th-century plus new pieces. This technically accessible music (approx. grades 4-5) is perfect for less confident organists and for use in churches with organs without pedals. Optional pedal parts are provided.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 234 x 310 x 6mm | 273g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193517671
  • 9780193517677
  • 602,394

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For many of you who are familiar with The Oxford Book of Christmas Organ Music, this new collection of organ music . . . is long overdue. Gower has finally given us a very attractive companion, with organ music beautifully composed and arranged for manuals only, with organists invited to "explore judicious use of the pedal . . . as is appropriate" . . . This collection . . . will bring much joy to players and listeners alike . . . Many of the works will work
effectively on a continuo or chamber organ, or even a piano if the need arose . . . What is most appealing about this collection is the variety of works on offer . . . There is much to be explored here by those wishing to build on their existing collection of Christmas repertoire. * Christopher J. Luke, New Zealand Organ New, March 2018 * In Christmas Organ Music for manuals, editor Robert Gower has unearthed some real rarities - Leon Roques or Jan Zwart, anyone? - which stand alongside far more familiar fare and a sprinkling of commissions . . . The editor has done an especially canny job of arranging and simplifying some particularly demanding seasonal Bach and Handel . . . The collection understands its brief perfectly, fulfils it admirably, and is functional in the best possible way. * Stephen Farr, Choir & Organ, Jan/Feb 2018 * With 28 pieces for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, this handsomely produced volume is excellent value for money. . . Many of [the original pieces and arrangements] are by little-known organists (indeed there has been considerable detective work and searching of archives). Included are some real discoveries . . . The third category - pieces published for the first time - is the highlight of the volume . . . These five pieces make the volume well worth puchasing by
organists who usually use pedals as well. * Sunday by Sunday (RSCM), December 2017 *
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About Robert Gower

Robert Gower studied at The Royal School of Church Music before graduating from Oxford University with a music degree, subsequently working as Director of Music at Radley College, Oxfordshire and Glenalmond College, Perthshire. As an organist, he has broadcast extensively on BBC radio and performs recitals throughout the UK. His commitment to English twentieth-century repertoire is seen in his work as Chairman of the Gerald Finzi and Percy Whitlock charitable trusts
and through his editorship of OUP's Finzi and Walton Organ Albums. He is the compiler of several Oxford organ collections.
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