Friday, June 10, 2011

NPM Silent Auction and Two New Must-have WLP Resources

Friday greetings to one and all.

I received a request the other day from NPM. They are looking for items for their very popular silent auction at this summer's annual convention in Louisville. The convention looks like it's going to be one of the best in years. At any rate, last night, while musing about what an appropriate donation might be, I turned to ebay and found a wonderful print. It's title? Gregorian Chant.

Here is a very fuzzy photo I just snapped. The original (by Walter Gay) was first displayed at the Columbian Exposition here in Chicago in 1893, so it has a connection to Chicago. Here you go:

So, for you NPM convention attendees, pack your checkbook, or that old jar filled with loose change, and get ready to begin the bidding wars!

I got quite excited the other day when two new WLP music resources hit my desk, Alan Hommerding's Feet Don't Fail Me Now: Organ Music for Manuals Only or Manual with Easy Pedal, Volume Two Lent and Easter (Now that's a mouthful!),

and Marshall S. Barnhouse, III's Piano Accompaniments for Traditional Hymns.

Sample pages should be posted to our web site shortly.

I'd like to comment on Barnhouse's book. There are two accompaniments written for each of the 14 hymn tunes in the book. The first is a simple accompaniment, the second more advanced. We get requests from piano teachers all the time asking for simple and beautiful hymn accompaniments so that their students can play at Catholic school Masses or at Sunday Mass. Now we have something to fill this need. And it's not just a "big note" version of hymns; these accompaniments are well-crafted and beautiful! I wish I had this book when I was teaching piano students back in the 1980's. Each of the accompaniments is also written in a higher key and a lower key. Kudos to Alan Hommerding for his editorial work on this fine resource.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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