From time to time when we receive a used organ, it comes with a ‘stash’ of it’s previous owner’s sheet music. These are more often than not sad acquisitions, as the music belonged to the musician who has died and there is no family member who wants or can use the library that has been built up, often over many years.
One such used instrument arrived at our Bicester office a short time ago. A large bag of music was handed over to us together with the organ. Unusually the majority of this bag was filled with choral scores from many very well known works. The full list choral music can be found in the list below together with photographs of the books.
We have no route to pass these books onto a good new home so what I would like to do is offer them free of charge to our musical audience.
If you want one just email in with you postal address (UK only please) and for each one that finds a new home we will donate £10 to the Incorporated Association of Organist Benevolent Fund.
PLEASE NOTE ALL THESE HAVE NOW FOUND A NEW HOME
Here is a list of the scores, which we will try to update as they are posted out.
- Vivaldi – Gloria
- Finzi – Intimations of Immortality (Claimed)
- Novello Handel Edition – The Ways of Zion Do Mourn
- Rossini – Messe Solennelle
- Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D minor
- Pergolesi – Magnificat
- Handel – Israel in Egypt
- Elgar – The Music Makers (Claimed)
- Berlioz – Te Deum Laudamus
- Haydn – St Bernardi von Offida
- Jenkins – The Armed Man (Claimed)
- Mozart – Coronation Mass (Claimed)
- Verdi – Requiem (Claimed)
- Williams – Dona Nobis Pacem
- Haydn – The Creation (Peters)
- Williams – A Sea Symphony
- Haydn – Creation (Novello) (Claimed)
- Mendelssohn – Elijah (Claimed)
- Williams – Toward the Unknown Region
- Cherubini – Requiem
- Rutter – Gloria (Claimed)
- Bruckner – Mass No2 E Minor
- Handel – Dettinger Te Deum
This past customer who we never met was clearly an accomplished musician and no doubt singer. We have received his family’s blessing to be passing on the music in this way.
Come to think about it, I too have a rather extensive music library and its unlikely any of my children will make use of it when the time comes. But you will have to wait a while yet for that to go the same way! Well I hope so at least!
I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Viscount Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.