About This New Music

The 34 original scores for Organ listed on these subpages are grouped into 5 collections and include suggested registrations and hand division.  The stretch for the hands is kept to an octave or less.

It bears repeating that organists are always looking for new contemporary Organ music for worship services, ceremonies, instruction, rounding out recitals, professional growth, etc., but the Covid-19 pandemic caused many places where organists meet, work, and earn their livings to severely curtail activities or close altogether.  In the new economic environment which has emerged any new scores need to be as cost-effective for organists as possible, and, accordingly, these compositions are being offered free of charge to any interested organists in order to remove any financial impediment to obtaining copies.  This expression is NOT to be interpreted however as a devaluing of the compositional work of others or as a universal example that all composers should be following in shipping their own work.  It costs musicians a great deal of time, trouble, and expense to get where they are, and they should be compensated for it.

People may choose to debate the issue but it's nonetheless true that a creative artistic endeavor cannot become a lasting work of art if constructed from a place from far outside the box.  From far outside the box there's no reality there, no rules to bend or break like an artist, no sane and solid battle-tested principles to carry forward, no patterns to follow known to satisfy the aesthetic senses, nothing to work against -- in short, no means of production.  This music was constructed instead from a place along the edges of the box where some bold moves can be worked into existing patterns in new ways at times but still preserve one or more singing lines and, when performed, require no explanation to the listener as to what (s)he just heard.  Its long subjects and other moving lines deliberately reach out to celebrate and approach the one living and true God Whose heart is pleasured with singing and Who created and gave music, that great gift from above, to humanity.  The result is something cogent, concise, contrapuntally savvy, listener-friendly, and definitely of our time ... something that's captivating enough to "grow on" people with repeated hearings ... something that can be employed by other musicians as a vehicle to help bring out the best in themselves.

THIS is what this new music IS...  

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THIS is what this new music IS NOT:

it IS NOT something that tries to reinvent the wheel of common practice manner ...

it IS NOT something that leaves the listener waiting patiently through a jumbled torrent of notes and raucous cacophony of sound for something, anything, with a memorable singable line ...

it IS NOT something that speaks in an aberrant, eccentric, erratic, esoteric musical jargon which fails to communicate a language of warmth and meaning to an audience ...

it IS NOT unsettling, discordant, or outlandish enough to be expected to place in, or even qualify for, any contest for contemporary composition organized by those steeped in modernist paradigm-ideology ... 

and, despite a great many hit songs to the contrary, it IS NOT something which limits harmony to the 3 primary chords of the home key or relies primarily upon an unvarying dynamic and hyperexcitable beat throughout for its fundamental appeal ...

History teaches that those attracted to the same tend to show little if any interest in the kinds of things found in these new scores -- or any score remotely resembling them, for that matter.  Organists however can be expected to find them engaging and useful which can only add to and supplement the much larger harvest of gifts, blessings, privileges, and benefits already in their lives, merely awaiting their recognition of it. 

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