Category Archives: Church Music

Organ concerts – behind the scenes

On May 3rd, 2015 I was one of two performers at a 2-organ concert. It is unusual these days to have a single organ concert, let alone one that features 2 organs. The location of the concert was a small church in the small town of Micanopy, FL (population 600). The building can hold a very uncomfortable 75, maybe 100. The following video was shot by an audience member and is not the greatest video, but it’s all I’ve got:

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The 2nd organ was installed on Thursday and modifications were made to the existing organ as well. As of early Sunday morning there were serious doubts whether the existing organ would be working as it should for the concert.

To back up a bit, one should know something about the building itself. Due to the size of the building, a pipe organ of any size that would be practical for the needs of the church is out of the question, so there is an electronic organ in the building. It is a good sounding organ based on sampling technology. The organ also has 2 sound modules attached via MIDI.

The concert itself went very well, in spite of the problems you will read about below. We adjusted the pews (which are not attached to the floors) so that the front half of pews faced on another facing the center aisle. In the back, 3 pews on one side faced forward, the other 3 faced backwards and there was one pew against the wall allowing for a view of the console and feet of the installed organ. The temporary organ was placed across the center aisle as far forward as one could go without getting into the church’s altar area. The idea was that people could see both organists if seated up front and/or just one or the other organist when seated in the back seats.

Needless to say, a temporary organ will not be a pipe organ either.  In this case it was what I would call a modern theater organ. The available sounds were not sounds one would normally associate with church music. It was almost like having an orchestra at one’s fingertips. As you might imagine, setting it up and getting it to sound good would take some time.

The existing organ, only installed about 2 years ago, was working fine. However, the initial installation had been a bit of an experiment regarding the antiphonal speakers. The guest organist, the theater organist was also the person who installed the church’s existing organ. He decided, with my approval, to change what sounds go to which speakers.

The organ has 6-channel outputs and we also have two sound modules, one an organ sound module and the other a Korg orchestral sound module. All controlled by MIDI. The organ module had been modified from stereo out to a 3-channel (each stereo) output. We have two sets of speakers (separate channels) in the back near the organ and another set at the front of the church (opposite side from the organ, the antiphonal speakers). We changed the routing of the various outputs of the organ and the 2 modules to different speakers. All of the organ went to the speakers near the organ up on the wall. Some to the top speakers, some to the bottom speakers. (Prior to this, all of the swell went to the antiphonal speakers). The Korg module now comes out of the front (antiphonal) speakers as does the Division B of the organ module. Changing the outputs, which involved many changes to cables, mixers and software configurations ended up taking about 6 hours on Thursday. As we left that evening, everything sounded good, much better than before.

I came in on Friday to practice. I loaded up some presets/pistons and almost got blasted off the organ bench. The external organ module was not being heard from the correct channels and was much louder than it had been on Thursday. It was not useable as it was. On Saturday around 6pm the organ installer/technician is back. We discover that the modifications to the organ module were not working. (At least that’s our best guess right now). We had to re-do the output of it in order to get things the way we wanted. Then on Sunday morning nothing is coming out of the organ module. So, we determine the organ module’s modified outputs are bad and are affecting the original outputs. Fortunately we were able to get it to work for the concert. And it did. The last I’ve heard is he will take the module and repair it so at least the original outputs work. We set the different divisions to mono outputs and routed Division B to the right side that led to the antiphonal speakers. The rest of the outputs went to the left and the speakers by the organ.

As to the program itself, I played the first half and the guest organist did the next half (and then some). It was decided that I would do more traditional organ music. I did a variety of classical music and hymn arrangements. The guest organist did mostly orchestral transcriptions and popular music with a few hymn tunes thrown in, but with orchestral sounds.

For a town of 600, we were quite happy to have the 40 or so people come out to view the program. The audience seems to have really enjoyed it. The church is anticipating a concert series for the 2015/2016 season (Sep through May).

If you are in Micanopy, FL, – a great place to visit to see ‘old’ Florida & where the movie Doc Hollywood was filmed – stop by the Church of the Mediator, across from the Herlong mansion some Sunday morning and hear the organ.

 

Sheet Music Plus distributing my music

New Distributor for my sheet music

If you are a musician I hope you’ve heard of SheetMusicPlus.com. If you want a piece of music, they probably have it.

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Click on the picture to go to my music on Sheet Music Plus

I’m happy to announce that they are now distributing my sheet music via their Digital Music section. As of this date I have over 300 titles available. As with my site, the music is available in digital form. You can either print out a copy or you can load it onto your tablet using their app.

In the short time my music has been available there, it has been popular. Please share this with your musician friends and take advantage of it yourself.

Click on the picture above to go to my music on SheetMusicPlus digital. I will be adding more sheet music and MP3 files to the site this year.

 

Website update

Website update

I’ve made some major changes to the website in the past two months. Visit JamesGilbertMusic.com to see all the changes.

More free music

In the process of getting rid of collections (see below), I decided to move several titles to the free category (listed at the bottom of the music catalog pages). As an example, all of the instrumental hymn improvisations are now available for free.

Singles – no collections

Most print publishers sell music in collections. Multiple titles contained within one book. Overall it is cheaper per piece for the customer. But, in my experience, the collection contains to many titles I didn’t want to buy but were forced to. When I first started the website, I only sold music as single titles. A little over a year ago (I think) I switched to collections for most everything. Thanks to your feedback, I’ve learned that online customers just want to purchase a single title.

Almost everything on the site is now available as a single title. What collections there are will disappear soon to be replaced by singles.

Albums, singles, EP and audio recordings in general

I’ve been an active contributor to SoundCloud and have announced my uploads via Twitter, this blog, facebook and the like. However, on the website, all I had was a link to my SoundCloud page. Also, I have several singles and now 2 EPs (only) on GooglePlay. Those are mentioned on the website’s main page, but nowhere else. I’ve updated the sheet music catalog to include those in the listings with links to the two sites. For most of 2014 my recordings have only been available via online sources other than my website. For various reasons that is best for me and will continue to be that way. Those include CD-Baby, Amazon, GooglePlay and Spotify as well as various online streaming sites.

New titles

I’ve added several new titles to the sheet music catalog. Click on the New Titles icon to see all of them.

Better Icons

At least I hope they are better. I updated the graphics on the music catalog page to make it easier to read. I also added and updated a few on the main page.
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SheetMusicPlus Digital

For those who may not know this, SheetMusicPlus – an online distributor of printed sheet music – is also selling music digitally. As a composer/arranger, they allow me to submit material to be published digitally. I get the impression they prefer original material rather than your new typesetting of a public domain title. From the customer standpoint, one can either print out a copy or use an app for a tablet. Apparently they only have an app for the iPad and not Android devices.

I’m happy to announce that I now have about 50 titles (collections) available for purchase on the SheetMusicPlus digital download site:

JamesGilbertMusic.com music on SheetMusicPlus

You’ll find Choral, Organ, Piano, Handchime and Handbell titles. The organ music includes solo material and hymn accompaniments.

Of course, I’d like it more if you bought material straight from my website (and the website has more content and no DRM restrictions like their site). I also have free titles available at my website

You may find obtaining my music via this new service easier or better for you than my website. Either way, I encourage you to check out the listings at either location and please spread the word about my music.

My recordings can be found on iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify as well as CD-Baby.

Used Music

Used Music

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I have many pieces of music that I’ve composed or arranged available on my website. But what you might not know is that I have a large number of Used music titles also available. These are titles from my personal music collection. All of them are useable for performance and educational purposes and in good to excellent condition.

Click here to view the used music page

In addition to several titles featured at the top of that page, separated into categories, there is a long list at the bottom. Here’s that list. It should give you and idea of how much I have. There is no shipping charge to US residents (it’s figured into the price) and discounts for purchasing more. (PVG is Piano, Vocal, Guitar). Some of these titles may have already sold by the time you read this, but if you are interested in any, follow the links at the used music page to order.

Title Category Composer Arranger Publisher
101 Favorite Hymn Harmonizations For Keyboard Organ Accompaniment Lovelace, Webb, Morgan Abingdon (Cokesbury Press, Methodist)
11 Free Accompaniments with descants to familiar Hymns Organ Accompaniment Hal H. Hopson Shawnee (Harold Flammer, Glory Sound)
1984’s Sheet Music Pops PVG Various Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
20 All-Time Hit Paraders No. 17 Guitar (or C Instrument) Various Charles Hansen Music Company
Aaron Piano Lesson Book Educational Michael Aaron Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
At The Name Of Jesus: Favorite Hymns And Gospel Songs Organ Benson-Brentwood
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier for the Piano, Book 2 Piano Johann Sebastian Bach Czerny G. Schirmer
Bartok: Selected Works For The Piano Piano Bela Bartok G. Schirmer
Bastien Piano Basics Level 1 Educational James Bastien Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Bastien Piano Basics Primer Level Educational James Bastien Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Beethoven Sonatas For Piano, Book 1 Piano Ludwig Van Beethoven G. Schirmer
Boy Scout Songbook Leadsheet Various Boy Scouts of America
Carols For Organ And Oboe Organ Augsburg Fortress
Celebrate Choral Music 10/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Celebrate Choral Music, 1/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Celebrate Choral Music, 4/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Celebration Of The Family Of God Choral Don Marsh Benson-Brentwood
Cesar Franck: Organ Works Organ Cesar Franck Dover Publications
Children’s Corner Piano Claude Debussy Durand & Fils
Chopin: Ballads Piano Frederick Chopin G. Schirmer
Chopin: Complete Works For Piano, Book 1, Waltzes Piano Frederick Chopin G. Schirmer
Chopin: Complete Works For Piano, Vol. 3, Polonaises Piano Frederick Chopin G. Schirmer
Chopin: Scherzi And Fantasy For the Piano Piano Frederick Chopin G. Schirmer
Chopin-Schaum For Piano, Book 1 Educational Frederick Chopin Schaum Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Choral Supplement: Baptist Hymnal ’91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Chorale Preludes on Seven Hymn Tunes Organ Gordon Young Shawnee (Harold Flammer, Glory Sound)
Christ Is Born: Hymn Preludes For Organ Organ Augsburg Fortress
Christmas Sing Along PVG Various Charles Lindsay, Jr. Amsco Publishing Company
Christmas Song Folio for Piano Educational Mel Bay Mel Bay Publications
Chuck Girad: Glow In The Dark PVG Chuck Girard Leonard Moss Dunamis Music
Composing At The Piano, Early Intermediate Educational Evans, Baker Hal Leonard
Contemporary Hymn & Songs for Piano/4-Hand Piano Hope Publishing (Agape, Providence, Sommerset,
Contemporary Praise 10/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Contemporary Praise, 1/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Contemporary Praise, 4/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Contemporary Praise, 10/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Curry And Salsa Piano Craig Curry Shawnee (Harold Flammer, Glory Sound)
Czerny In All Keys, Book 2 Piano Czerny John Schaum Schaum Publications
Day School Ringer Educational Charlie Tillman (Editor) Charlie Tillman Songs
Dreamin’ Again Choral Various David T. Clydesdale Benson-Brentwood
Duets For Piano & Organ: Volume Two Organ, Piano Duet Harold DeCou Benson-Brentwood
Easter Duets For Organ And Piano Organ, Piano Duet Various Various Lorenz Publishing
Eleven Organ Pieces For Church And Recital Organ Gordon Young Shawnee (Harold Flammer, Glory Sound)
Etudes: Op. 10 for the Piano Piano Frederick Chopin Julio Esteban, Editor Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Everybody’s Favorite Piano Pieces Piano Amsco Publishing Company
Exalt Him: Songs for Celebration & Praise PVG Word Music
Exaltation 10/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Exaltation, 1/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Exaltation, 4/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Famous Guitar Folio Guitar Various Leon Block Famous Music Corporation
Famous Song Hits No. 2 PVG Famous Music Corporation
Favorites Number 7: A Collection Of Gospel Songs PVG Ira Stanphill Benson-Brentwood
Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Volume 1 Piano Bull, Morely, Richardson, Byrd, etc Dover Publications
Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Volume 2 Piano Bull, Morely, Richardson, Byrd, etc Dover Publications
Five Centuries Of Choral Music For Mixed Voice Choral Various Various G. Schirmer
Five Toccatas by Gordon Young Organ Gordon Young Shawnee (Harold Flammer, Glory Sound)
Folksong Festival: 47 Favorites to Play and Sing PVG Traditional Irwin Silber Scholastic Magazines / Oak Publishing
Forty Fabulous Hits: 20 Nostalgic Favorites, part 2 Organ Various Charles Hansen Music Company
Give Him Glory: Arrangements for the Advanced Pianist Piano Myra Schubert Lillenas Publishing
Glory Songs 10/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Glory Songs, 1/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Glory Songs, 4/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Great Is The Lord: Favorites for Choir or Congregation PVG Various Ken Bible, Compiler Lillenas Publishing
Haydn: Sonatas For the Piano, Book 2 Piano Franz Joseph Haydn G. Schirmer
Homeland Harmony PVG Various Lanny Wolfe (Pathway, Vaughn Mus, see #152
Honky-Tonk Rag Time Piano Piano George Terry Remick Music Corp.
How Majestic Is Your Name PVG Word Music
Hymns For Worship: Three hymns Choral various Herbert Colvin Word Music
I Have Decided Choral Various John Lee Benson-Brentwood
I Just Called To Say I Love You & Other Sheet Music Pop PVG Various Carol Cuellar, Editor Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
In Recital: Jazz, Blues & Rags, Level 5 Educational Various Helen Marlais FJH Music Company (Faber)
Jerome Kern Piano Solos Piano Wise Publications
Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Music Organ Johann Sebastian Bach Dover Publications
Johann Sebastian Bach: Well Tempered Clavier, Vol. II Piano Johann Sebastian Bach Hans Bischoff, Editor Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Johannes Brahms: Complete Shorter Works For Solo Piano Piano Johannes Brahms Dover Publications
John Schaum Duet Album For Piano Educational John Schaum Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
John Thompson’s Modern Course For The Piano: Grade 1 Educational John Thompson Willis Music Company
Jubilation! 100 Praise And Worship Songs PVG Word Music
Keyboard Music: J.S. Bach Piano Johann Sebastian Bach Dover Publications
n/a Educational Evans, Baker Hal Leonard
Let’s Just Praise The Lord: A Praise-book of Choruses PVG Various W. Elmo Mercer Benson-Brentwood
Let’s Play Piano Educational Alma Holton Rich Boston Music Company
Lift One Voice: Organ Explorations of Hymn Tunes Organ English folk tune Augsburg Fortress
Light On Your Feet: A Collection for Organ with minimal pedal Organ Wayne L. Wold Augsburg Fortress
Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method: Grade 1 Educational Mel Bay Mel Bay Publications
Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words Piano Felix Mendelssohn G. Schirmer
Michael Aaron Piano Course: Grade 4 Educational Michael Aaron Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Mickelson & Wyrtzen: Organ & Piano Duets, Vol.2 Organ, Piano Duet Wyrtzen, Mickelson Benson-Brentwood
FJH Music Company (Faber)
FJH Music Company (Faber)
FJH Music Company (Faber)
FJH Music Company (Faber)
FJH Music Company (Faber)
Musicianship for the Older Beginner, Level 1 Educational James Bastien Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Organ / Piano Duets for the Church service Organ, Piano Duet Tedd Smith and Don Hustad Hope Publishing (Agape, Providence, Sommerset,
Organ Supplement II: Baptist Hymnal ’91 Organ Accompaniment Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Organ Supplement: Baptist Hymnal ’91 Organ Accompaniment Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Petra: Youth Choir Collection Choral Various John Lee Word Music
FJH Music Company (Faber)
Piano Classics Simplified Educational Henry Levine Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Piano Supplement: Baptist Hymnal ’91 Piano Accompaniment Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Pocket Book of Fun Songs Leadsheet Terry Kirkland Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Pocket Book of Rounds Leadsheet Terry Kirkland Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Praise Organist: Medleys for Contemporary Worship Organ Word Music
Praise: Three Calls To Worship Choral Various Jerry Kirk Tempo Music:Canticle, Sound III, Rod & Staff,
Scales And Pieces In All Keys Educational John W. Schaum Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Scripture In Song PVG Benson-Brentwood
Serve The Lord With Gladness Organ Sandra W. Jarrell Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Seven Classic Carols For Organ Organ Robert Lau Shawnee (Harold Flammer, Glory Sound)
Showcase For Piano Piano Chappell & Co: DeSylva & Brown & Henderson
Side By Side At The Piano Educational Leopold Rovenger Rubank
Simple Songs for Toddlers Leadsheet John M. Rasley, compiler Benson-Brentwood
Sing ‘N Celebrate PVG Word Music
Slavic Dances, Op. 46, Books 1 and 2 Piano Anton Dvorak G. Schirmer
Solo Transcriptions for Spanish Guitar Guitar Various Ned Cosmo Mills Music
Songs We Like To Sing PVG Birdie Alexander Silver, Burdett & Company
Spiritual Jazz Piano Hope Publishing (Agape, Providence, Sommerset,
Spirituals: Time-Honored Songs of the Negro People PVG Various William Stickles Charles Hansen Music Company
Sunshine Music Mountain Kids Kollection Choral David Culross Benson-Brentwood
Technic Is Fun: Preparatory Book Educational Hirschberg Musicord Publications
The Apostle Musical Cam Floria Spectra: Lexicon, Celebration Services,
The Best Of Scott Joplin Piano Scott Joplin Charles Hansen Music Company
The Best Of Sigmund Romberg Piano Sigmund Romberg Tony Esposito Warner Brothers Music
The Big Band Era PVG Shapiro, Bernstein Music
The Church Musician, 1/88 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 1/90 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 1/91 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 1/92 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 1/93 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 2/89 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 2/90 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 3/90 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 4/88 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 4/89 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 4/90 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 4/91 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 4/92 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 5/90 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 6/89 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 6/90 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 7/88 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 7/89 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 7/90 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 7/91 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 7/92 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 8/89 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 10/88 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 10/89 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 10/90 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 10/91 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 10/92 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 11/89 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 11/90 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 12/89 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Musician, 12/90 Instrumental Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Church Pianist, 1-2/97 Piano Lorenz Publishing
The Church Pianist, 5-6/97 Piano Lorenz Publishing
The Church Pianist, 5-6/99 Piano Lorenz Publishing
The Church Pianist, 7-8/98 Piano Lorenz Publishing
The Church Pianist, 9/2001 Piano Lorenz Publishing
The Church Pianist, 9-10/97 Piano Lorenz Publishing
The Dove Song Book: Songs of the Spirit… PVG Various John Wilson Hope Publishing (Agape, Providence, Sommerset,
The Leila Fletcher Piano Course: Book Five Educational Leila Fletcher Montgomery Music
The Leila Fletcher Piano Course: Book Six Educational Leila Fletcher Montgomery Music
The Lord Is My Light: Organ-Piano Duets Organ, Piano Duet Various Betty Jean Chatham Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The One Hundred and One Best Songs PVG The Cable Company
The Senior Musician, 1/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Senior Musician, 4/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Senior Musician, 10/90 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Senior Musician, 10/92 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
The Top 300 Contemporary Christian Songs Leadsheet Lillenas Publishing
Three Service Pieces For Organ Organ Gordon Young Alfred (WB, Belwin-Mills, Kalmus)
Two Christmas Preludes Organ Robert Lau Augsburg Fortress
Worship Him: Scripture Songs For Worship PVG Various Jesse Peterson,Mark Hayes Tempo Music:Canticle, Sound III, Rod & Staff,
Worship Resources, 1/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 1/92 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 1/94 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 4/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 4/92 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 4/93 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 7/91 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 7/92 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 7/93 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 1/93 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 10/90 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 10/92 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
Worship Resources, 10/93 Choral Lifeway (Broadman, Genevox, McKinney)
You Can Teach Yourself Piano by Ear Educational Mel Bay Mel Bay Publications
You Light Up My Life & Star Wars PVG Big Hill Music
Youth Sings PVG Praise Book Publications

 

Latest Additions to the Music Catalog

Here is a list of additions to the JamesGilbertMusic.com music catalog since the last listing of new titles.

We hope you will find these helpful. If you are looking for a specific arrangement of a piece of music or need midi files created for you, please contact us for details.

Fairest Lord Jesus (Woodwind Quintet)
A nice simple setting of this classic hymn also known under the title Beautiful Savior. Hymn tune: ST ELIZABETH. Instrumentation: Standard Woodwind Quintet (Flute – Oboe – Clarinet – Horn – Bassoon). Settings of this tune for Piano – Organ – Keyboard Trio and Orchestra are also available in this catalog.

Count Your Blessings (Keyboard Trio)
A catchy version of this gospel hymn for Keyboard Trio. Written with three synthesizers in mind this title can be used with various combinations of piano organ and electronic keyboards (synthesizers). A setting of this for solo instruments and orchestra is also available.

O Love, How Deep, How Broad (Organ)
An ornamented setting of this hymn tune DEUS TUORUM MILITUM. This will make for a great prelude or communion piece.

12-Tone Composition for 4 instruments (Instrumental Ensemble)
An example of a 12-tone (dodecaphonic) composition. This is for 4 instruments, any 4 instruments. Parts provided for C Bb Eb F and Alto clef instruments.

What Child Is This (Piano)
An arrangement for intermediate level of the popular tune GREENSLEEVES, best known as the Christmas piece What Child Is This? A setting of this title for orchestra is also available. The orchestra version was featured on our Christmas Album A New Old Christmas

What Child Is This (Orchestra)
An arrangement of the popular tune GREENSLEEVES, best known as the Christmas piece What Child Is This? This orchestra arrangement is also available for solo piano. Instrumentation: Flute Oboe Clarinet French Horn Trumpet Trombone Timpani Violin 1 Violin 2 Viola Cello Bass. This title was featured on our Christmas album A New Old Christmas

Nicene Creed (Modern Version) (Vocal/Choir/Congregation)
A setting of the Nicene Creed, modern translation. Designed for congregational use, this title can be use by a choir as well. For unison voices. This has been successfully used in church services.

BEECHER to HYFRYDOL (Love Divine, All Loves Excelling) (Organ Accompaniment)
A modulation from Bb to F and transition from the hymn tune BEECHER to the hymn tune HYFRYDOL. Try this with the first two verses of Love Divine, All Loves Excelling to BEECHER, the interlude, then the last two verses to the tune HYFRYDOL. Works quite well. For use with congregational singing.

Meditation on LLEDROD (Spirit Of God Unleashed) (Organ)
A meditation on this traditional Welsh tune from the 1850’s. A good prelude or communion piece.

Meditation on BLAENHAFREN (Organ)
A meditation on this Welsh hymn tune.

Moment By Moment (Instrumental Solo)
An adaptation of the flute duet found elsewhere in the catalog. This setting is for solo flute (or any treble clef instrument) and organ accompaniment. The organ part is easily adapted to be played on the piano. Parts provided for high and low C instruments Eb treble clef and Bb treble clef instruments. The following instruments would work well with this piece: Flute, Violin, Oboe, Recorder, Bb Trumpet Bb Clarinet Tenor Saxophone Alto Saxophone Eb Clarinet.

Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah (Handel) (Choir)
Probably the best known choral piece written. The Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah by G.F. Handel. For SATB (Soprano Alto Tenor and Bass voices) with piano accompaniment.

Love Lifted Me (Instrumental Descant)
An instrumental descant for this upbeat gospel hymn. Parts provided for C Bb Eb F and Alto Clef Treble Clef instruments.

In The Garden (Instrumental Descant)
An instrumental descant for this all time favorite gospel hymn. Parts provided for C Bb Eb F and Alto Clef Treble Clef instruments.

Christmas Meditation (Orchestra)
A setting of some traditional Christmas music with some original material. A setting for solo instrument with piano is also available in the catalog. Instrumentation: Flute Oboe Clarinet French Horn Trumpet Trombone Violins Viola Cello Double Bass Harp Timpani and Glockenspiel. The harp part can be played on piano.

YouTube Tutorial (Orchestra)
A short orchestra piece written for a YouTube tutorial about using Sibelius. Visit our YouTube channel for an audio sample. Instrumentation: Flute Oboe Clarinet Trumpets (3) Trombones (2) Violin (1) Cello (1).

New Gigue (Organ)
An original composition. A modern twist on the Gigue.

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Micanopy Fall Festival

(Update. The Festival went very good this year. Thank you to all that heard the organ out on the street thanks to the outdoor speakers and commented on how nice it sounded. Thanks also to those that purchased copies of my brand new Christmas album A New Old Christmas, now available. I hope to see even more people next year)

It’s that time of the year again. The Micanopy Fall Festival is almost upon us. It is on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27. As in years gone by, I will be performing on both days at the Episcopal church – located in the middle point of the road, just across from the Herlong Mansion.

A view from the 2012 festival
A view from the 2012 festival

This year, the Episcopal church has asked me to play their new organ. No, it won’t be just church music and it won’t be just an organ you here. This organ has quite a few sounds not found on most traditional church organs. I’ll be playing some of the selections from my solo organ album as well as other arrangements I’ve written as well as other titles. You may also hear some of my albums being played over the organ’s speakers.

On Saturday, come early. I’ll be playing from around 9:00am until 12noon, maybe a bit later. (The festival isn’t terribly formal for times). I will most likely also be playing after 3:00pm as well. On Sunday, I’ll be playing for an hour or so before 11am and then in the afternoon from around 1:00pm on.

While there, take a look at my seven albums that will be available for purchase, including my latest, A New Old Christmas, my first Christmas/Holiday album. Be sure to stop in and say hi too.

Update post & Christmas Album announcement

I’m not sure if anyone actually reads this or not, but I hope someone does.

I wanted to let those that are interested know that I’m still around & busy with music projects. That’s one reason I’ve not posted in a while.

The main reason I’ve not posted is that I’m not getting any feedback or comments on any of my articles. My iPad apps article gets a bit of feedback, but there’s really nothing more I can say about music iPad apps. What else would you like me to write about?

I’ve been working much of the summer on music for my first ever Christmas Album. I’m looking at 10 titles, maybe 11 or 12. The styles will range from traditional, almost classical orchestral settings of carols to some rather eclectic electronic sounds. One will be pretty close to an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) version of Jingle Bells. Wait till you hear that. What could go wrong with a classically trained pianist & composer doing EDM?

You can now listen to three of my albums on YouTube.

The website is back to how it was pre-July 2012. My experiment with giving away my music and asking for donations ended earlier in the summer. My music is commercially competitive enough that I should be charging for it. After all, making a living as a musician is what I’m trying to do. I can’t eat if I don’t make money, so I’m back to charging.

For those that would like to help me and get something back in return, it would be most appreciated. See the how to help me page for details.

I’m still looking for a publicist, manager or agent to help me promote my sheet music, 6 albums and me as a musician.

I also have openings for anyone who would like to take lessons via Skype or here in the Gainesville, Micanopy, Ocala area of North Florida.

Feedback, comments. I need it.

(Please ignore any ads on this page. I didn’t put them there. I don’t make money from them. I don’t endorse them.)

MIDI project

Among my regular activities as a musician, I was hired to work on special MIDI project.

I thought you might be interested to hear some of the details.

There are a number of churches that have organs but nobody to play them. Many of the organs are midi capable but the midi files they can find online are, let’s face it, not the greatest. Most them sound like they weren’t played by an organist (or for that matter anyone with any accompanying experience). Others consist of only one verse of a hymn or they don’t have introductions. Others are only on channel one. Many organs don’t use channel one as their ‘Great’ manual and this leaves out the pedals, always on a different channel. Yes, one could create their own midi files, but that’s a lot of work. They could edit the files they find off the internet, but generally speaking, they would require too much editing to make them ideal.

So, I was hired to travel to the Orlando, FL area to record some hymns on an organ with midi capability. The organ in question uses channel 12 for the great, 13 for swell and 14 for the pedals. That is not typical for organs, but this unit (an older Rodgers organ) was designed to be supplemented with an external sequencer/sound module that uses channels 1-10 for general midi sounds. The organ also used sysex codes to change the pistons and stops. I recorded one hymn at a time onto a Roland external sequencer (an RD-70).  Rather than try and set tempo on each hymn, we just recorded at the default tempo of 120. A so-called ‘free form’ recording.

We were able to capture the sysex codes to be able to use when editing sequences on a computer. In total, I recorded about 100 hymns and a few ‘service’ pieces. The client the midi files will eventually be used with is an Episcopal church so we focused on them as well as some hymns that span all denominations. The session took about 2 full days with plenty of breaks. I used my iPad where I use the app forScore to view the PDF files of the hymns.

It would have been helpful to have people singing, not so much to adjust to their singing as a good accompanist would, but rather to help me remember which verse we were on and not to forget to include an introduction. There were several titles that I forgot an introduction or I played one less or one more verse than was in the hymnal. I did some post-production on the computer to take care of those issues.

Since most organs use channels 1 for the Swell, 2 for the Great and 4 for the Pedals, it is an easy thing to edit the hymns I did so they can be played on any organ with midi capability. (Channel 3 is used for a Choir or Positiv, if present). Unfortunately, every organ manufacturer and every model within their companies use a different method for selecting stops or picking pistons (aka presets). Since different organs have different stops to choose from, it is impossible to do midi sequences of hymns that automatically select appropriate registrations unless I know the midi implementation and stop list of each organ that wants to use the sequences. However, if someone is willing to sit at the organ console and select a piston or stops just before each hymn plays, then it is quite possible and very realistic to provide high quality hymn accompaniments.

There is a great deal of discussion in some churches about how terrible it is to use the organ and how old-fashioned it is. I say nonsense. Most likely those churches have suffered at the hands of an accompanist who really doesn’t know what they are doing (even if they think they do). Or the instrument itself was the wrong instrument for the auditorium. When the church I play for recently got a new organ with a top notch speaker system – a pipe organ was out of the question for such a small facility and the musical needs the church has – I had one person tell me they never really liked the organ, until now. Now they really like it. Most people just thought it sounded much better. The point is, if you want good music in a church, you need a great accompanist and a good instrument. You’ll be surprised at how many people really do like those ‘old-fashioned’ hymns when played by someone who knows what they are doing and how much they really don’t like drums, synthesizers and guitars playing a bunch of music that stylistically is 20 years behind the times and is being attempted by a bunch of amateurs.

If you’d like to read more about how to be a good accompanist, visit the Amazon Kindle store and check out my book In the Shadows but still in the Spotlight.  It gives some good tips on how to be a better accompanist.

So, loaded with these sequences, it was time to put them to test in the real world. A small church too far away for me to play there and make it to my current church has a midi capable organ similar to the one I recorded on. The church has its 5 general pistons setup from soft congregational accompanying (1) to loud festival hymns (5). The church emails me a list of the pieces for the coming Sunday. If it is one of the ones I already recorded, I double check it to make sure it has the right number of verses, an intro and the right piston changes at the start and, if needed, between verses. If it isn’t one I’ve already recorded, I get the hymn into my computer sequencer – I use the DAW Reaper for my recording work – add piston changes and make sure all is correct. I then email the church the sequences. The person on that end copies the .mid file to a floppy. (And yes, they still make 3 1/2 inch floppy disk drives and drives). He puts it into the sequencer, hits play and that’s it. For special situations, like an upcoming patriotic choir accompaniment, I utilized the sounds on the sound module (strings, winds, drums, etc) in addition to the organ.

The results? The vicar of the church, who I know and who regularly hears me play for services, says it is just like having me there playing the organ. The breaks between verses, the breathing spots, introductions and stop changes are exactly like if I were there. I’m very pleased with those results.

For you? Even if you do contemporary music, if you have any instrument or sound module that is midi capable, it is possible for me to create a high-quality midi accompaniment sequence of your music. Just insert the disk (or usb memory stick), select the piece and hit play. For those with midi capable organs, I can provide the hymns just like described above.

That’s why I’ve not been doing much here on the blog.

I have posted a few new videos on my YouTube channel. Do check them out when you get a chance.

If you are on Spotify, here are some playlists you may want to check out:

http://open.spotify.com/user/jlg-gnv/playlist/5amPipKSeCefguofXXbtJV

http://open.spotify.com/user/jlg-gnv/playlist/4COYvc3upBFoabQy6nfwJ8

http://open.spotify.com/user/jlg-gnv/playlist/1LrdQ4tq9BRwyN8rVMJim8

http://open.spotify.com/user/jlg-gnv/playlist/64gzlDm2FIgX693FBAZG7T

http://open.spotify.com/user/jlg-gnv/playlist/0sG01jRAD22KlYO6j7PIcV

Enjoy.

(edit: removed some redundant text 6/29)

Organ installation audio

I’ve put together a video that shows pictures of the final install of the new organ at Church of the Mediator, Micanopy, Florida. The new organ is an Ahlborn-Galanti Chronicler I with an Ahlborn Classic sound module and Korg X5DR sound module. There is a six-speaker system with subwoofer. Two of the speakers are at the opposite end of the room from the organ console and serve as a quasi-antiphonal for the swell stops on the console.

The dedication recital for this organ is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm. If you are reading this after that date, there may be other articles here or videos on YouTube about that recital. John Lowe from Holy Trinity Episcopal in Gainesville, Florida will be the organist for that program.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfNX1miAMyo]

The audio was recorded using the direct line-out jacks located under the organ console. I recommend listening with headphones.

If you are ever in Micanopy, Florida (near Gainesville), stop by for services at 11:00am on Sundays and most Wednesdays at 6:00pm to hear the organ in services. I am also there on Tuesday (early) and Thursday (late) afternoons practicing. Feel free to stop by then as well.