Home » Catalog » Artis Wodehouse, harmoniumist   My Account  Cart Contents  Checkout
Arthur Bird Music for the American Harmonium - [Raven OAR-962] $15.98

Artis Wodehouse discovers a large body of art music composed by Arthur Bird (1856-1923), an American living in Germany. He composed for the Mason & Hamlin American Harmonium, also known as the "normal harmonium" which was Mason & Hamlin's effort to standardize the tonal and playing characteristics of the harmonium, especially key compass and dividing point on the keyboard, so that composers could write for it knowing of the parameters, as they had been able to do for the European harmonium since it had been standardized in the mid-19th century. The American harmonium had become very popular in Europe by the late 19th century so that the substantial European sales and promotional staff of the American firm, Mason & Hamlin, was keen to further develop the European market by allowing their instrument to become ever more recognized as a legitimate vehicle for serious art music.  Arthur Bird, who enjoyed a substantial European and American reputation as a performer and composer during his life, joined the effort, perhaps on commission, writing extensively for the American harmonium. 

The 24 works by Arthur Bird recorded here are selected from five collections published in Germany 1897- 1909, Opp. 37, 39, 42, 44, 45, plus two unpublished works. Artis Wodehouse plays a restored Mason & Hamlin. Names of the works include:
Pastoral
Auf dem Lande
Marsch
Adagio
several Sketches
Gavotte
Preludium
Offertoire
Scherzo
Preludium & Fugue in A Minor
Tempo di Menuetto
Valse Menuet
Improvisato
Reverie
Meditation
Marsch der Aethiopier
Waltzer
Menuett
Intermezzo
Interludium
Postlude

Arthur Bird Music for the American Harmonium
Click to enlarge
Currently, you have 0 quantity of this product in your shopping cart
   Customers who bought this product also purchased   
Sacred Expressions: Twentieth-Century Organ Music<BR>Kola Owolabi, organist<BR>1950 Holtkamp Organ, Crouse College, Syracuse University
Sacred Expressions: Twentieth-Century Organ Music
Kola Owolabi, organist
1950 Holtkamp Organ, Crouse College, Syracuse University
The German Muse, Timothy Olsen, Organist<BR>1965 Flentrop Updated 2013, Salem College, North Carolina
The German Muse, Timothy Olsen, Organist
1965 Flentrop Updated 2013, Salem College, North Carolina
Organ Music of James H. Rogers, American Composer, Charles Echols, Organist<BR>1927 Casavant, 108 ranks
Organ Music of James H. Rogers, American Composer, Charles Echols, Organist
1927 Casavant, 108 ranks
The Organ Music of Gerre Hancock, Todd Wilson, Organist, St. Thomas Church Organs, New York, with Kevin Kwan, organist<BR><I><font color=red>2CDs for the Price of One</font></I><BR>Stupendous Reviews!
The Organ Music of Gerre Hancock, Todd Wilson, Organist, St. Thomas Church Organs, New York, with Kevin Kwan, organist
2CDs for the Price of One
Stupendous Reviews!
Pilgrimages: Organ Music of Rachel Laurin, Inspired by Sacred Themes<BR><font color = red><I>****4-Star Review in Choir & Organ!</I></font>
Pilgrimages: Organ Music of Rachel Laurin, Inspired by Sacred Themes
****4-Star Review in Choir & Organ!
Americana<BR>Jeremy Filsell Plays the Organ of Washington National Cathdedral<BR><font color=red><I>2 CDs for the Price of One</i></font>
Americana
Jeremy Filsell Plays the Organ of Washington National Cathdedral
2 CDs for the Price of One

Copyright © 2017 Raven Recordings