Organ - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Noel Rawsthorne. Hymns: Last verse arrangements. Sacred. Book. Published by Kevin Mayhew Publishers (KV.1400161).
There are few musical pleasures more spine-tingling than a really good organ arrangement of the last verse of a hymn. Noel Rawsthorne is a master at providing a touch of spice to the harmonies of an unsuspecting hymn tune, but also knows what is possible on the average church organ. In this book, you will find colorful, manageable arrangements requiting only moderate technique. The composer's many years as an organist enables him to compose music that encourages enjoyment of hymn singing without distractions that confuse the congregation. In these arrangements, much of the original harmonic schemes of the hymn tunes are retained while exploring new harmonic possibilities. This book is eminently useful beside the standard hymnals of many churches, as it presents hymn tunes in the keys most commonly used. Where more than one key is common, two versions of the hymn improvisation are included. This edition contains many of the same harmonizations as 200 Last Verses, redistributed to fall easily under the fingers while retaining the sparkle that is essential to the Rawsthorne style. These settings are the perfect addition to the organist's repertoire for enlivening congregational singing.