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  Composer   Title (click on Title for low-res pdf)  Price ($CA)
  Watson Henderson, Ruth   Suite for Organ and Piano
  Watson Henderson, Ruth
  Suite for Organ and Violin
  Lauren, Rachel   Sonate pour Orgue et Cor, Op. 60
     1.  Allegro
     2.  Sur un Tableau de Thomson
     3.  Rondo Fugato

Organ with Ensemble

The Canadian Heritage Series
14 works for Organ & Orchestra, edited and engraved by Barrie Cabena.

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 Price ($CA)
  Bales, Gerald  Concerto for Organ and Strings $75
  Bales, Gerald Rhapsody for Organ and Small Orchestra
The “small orchestra” consists of strings, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and timpani. The piece is about 12 minutes long, written in one episodic movement, with contrasting tempi and textures. There are significant solos for the organ, and shorter solos for the other instruments. In the words of the composer, “The organ, when played solo, expresses three temperaments; light-heartedness, mysticism and religiosity.” There are many dynamic markings, but only two specific registration indications - 4 bars for “Celestes” and a solo for 4’ flute. There are no crescendos or diminuendos in the organ part.
  Bales, Gerald  Variants for Organ, Brass and Percussion
The brass ensemble includes two trumpets, one horn, one tenor trombone and one tuba. The percussion consists of timpani, snare drum and cymbals. The organ requires an enclosed section, and an oboe solo is indicated for one line. The composer has indicated a timing of 9 minutes and 12 seconds. The piece is written as one movement, with contrasting sections. The brass parts are rhythmically straightforward, and the piece could be performed without a separate conductor. The organist is definitely the soloist!
 Cabena, Barrie Biblical Sonata, "The Wedding at Cana" for Organ and Brass
This is the original version of the piece, but a version for organ alone is available from the composer. The concert version was written in 1969 for the organ at Deer Park United Church in Toronto. It is a five movement programmatic piece, with descriptive titles and occasional descriptive sentences in the course of a movement. The whole work lasts about twenty minutes, but the composer recommends several cuts, which would shorten the piece by 3 or 4 minutes. The organ is prominent throughout, with the full brass group playing only in the first and last movements. The first movement has the heading “The guests hurry to the wedding; they travel with eager anticipation to Cana. Children in high spirits accompany them.” In the second movement, “The guests await the arrival of the bridegroom...” This is mostly organ solo, with an occasional passage for trombone, as a visiting dignitary arrives. The third movement, The Procession, is scored for organ and two trumpets, although the organ again has a solo passage. The fourth movement is a slow organ solo denoting “The tying of the knot”. The final movement is “The Celebration, and the Miracle: the wedding feast begins”. This is the longest movement, and could probably be used on its own.
 Cabena, Barrie  Sonata Academica for Continuo Organ (or Harpsichord) and Strings (or String Quartet)
This work began life in a version for two continuo organs. It is about 16 minutes long, and divided into three movements. Movement one - Introduction and Allegro - has a short, slow introduction followed by a sprightly Allegro in 5/8 interspersed with 4/4 and 3/4, and with a more melodic 2/2 section in the middle and at the end. The second movement Andante is a slow, expressive movement with a short violin solo accompanied by the organ in the middle. The third movement Introduction and Fugue on Three Themes starts with a Presto section before the long fugue, in which the three themes are eventually combined. The Presto figuration returns in a short coda.
  Clark, F.R.C. Fantasie on Missa de Angelis for Organ and Strings (or String Quartet)
This 5-minute piece could definitely be performed with a string quartet, and it would make a good prelude for a Christmas service. It starts and ends softly, with the first violin playing the Gregorian chant melody. There is a livelier section and an Adagio section in the middle. There are a few crescendos and diminuendos in the organ part, but some of them could be done by adding or removing stops.
  Clark, F.R.C. Sonata for Organ and Strings (or String Quartet)
This 16-minute work is divided into 4 movements. First a short, dark Adagio, begun and ended by the organ alone. Then a longer Allegro in which the strings generally play accompaniment figures, while the organ has more melodic material. The third movement is marked “Lento espressivo, con rubato”, and both organ and strings contribute to this mood. The last movement, Allegro vivace, has the organ playing toccata-like chords in alternating hands, while the strings play simple quarter note figures. This is followed by an organ solo in thick chords. An accelerando leads to a short Presto and a rather whimsical ending. A romantic organ would probably work best, and the writing really implies more than a string quartet.
   Cook, John  Concerto for Organ and Strings
This 13-14 minute work is in three movements, although the Cadenza at the end of the second movement goes into the concluding Vivace without a pause. The first movement starts with a Lento introduction, which is followed by an Allegro Furioso. It is mostly loud, and darkly chromatic. The second movement Intermezzo in 5/8 has a folk-song character, and the Vivace is scherzo-like. This piece requires a fairly large organ to balance the orchestral writing. There are a few registration suggestions, and a few crescendos and diminuendos in the organ part.
 Crawford, Thomas Introduction and Toccata for Organ and Strings
This 7-minute work is quite chromatic. It was written for Gerald Bales around 1950, is dedicated to him, and the thematic material is derived from his name. In the short, maestoso Introduction, the organ and strings alternate. The Introduction leads directly into the Toccata, in which the organ and strings play mostly together, except for a 22-measure pedal solo. (This could be shortened.) A romantic-style organ would work best.
 Daveluy, Raymond
 Andante for Organ and Strings
This expressive 9-10 minute pieces has several prominent organ solos, including the first 24 bars, which are then repeated by the string ensemble. The piece starts and ends softly. There are a few divisi in the more energetic sections, but the piece could definitely be performed with two players to a part. The double-bass part is mostly doubled by the organ pedal. The harmonic language is typical of the composer. No crescendos or diminuendos are required in the organ parts.
 Dowling, Eric  Introduction and Allegro for Organ and Strings 
This 6-7 minute piece is mostly loud, with lots of rhythmic energy. The Introduction is marked "Allegro maestoso". There are no divisi in the string parts, so the piece could be done with a string quartet, if the organist held back on mixtures and reeds! There are only a couple of crescendos in the organ part, but the style probably suggests a romantic-style organ.
 Durell Clark, Florence  Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Small Orchestra
This piece was written for, and premiered at, the National Convention in Hamilton in 1953. Gerald Bales was the soloist, with Gordon Jeffery conducting. The review in the Diapason describes it as the highlight of the programme. The title implies that several movements were intended. Apparently only one was completed, but it is about 10 minutes long, and stands well on its own. The orchestra includes flute and oboe, as well as a full compliment of strings. All instruments have significant and idiomatic parts. The organ is used mainly as a member of the orchestra, with few actual solos, although it does stand out in several passages, especially in the arpeggiated passages increasing in velocity toward the fortissimo ending. The beginning is also loud, but there are contrasting sections in the middle, with some specific registrations indicated for the organ, as well as crescendos and diminuendos.


 Healey, Derek  "Romany" Variations for Organ, Strings and Percussion
This light-hearted set of variations, subtitled "A Diversion", is based on the English folk-song popularly known as "The Wraggle-Taggle Gypsies". The percussion part can be performed by one player, but requires a variety of instruments: tambourine, snare drum, bass drum, suspeced cymbal, etc. There are numerous registration suggestions and expression marks in the organ part, but most of it is not especially difficult, except perhaps the final Presto. The whole piece lasts about 16 minutes.
 Healey, Derek  Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani$60

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