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Robert Gower: The Oxford Book of Ceremonial Music for Organ: Organ

Instrumental Album | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Instrumentation Organ
Composer Robert Gower
Publisher Oxford University Press

The 32 pieces in this anthology have all been specially chosen by Robert Gower because they have a touch of grandeur and are guaranteed to make a striking impression on any audience or congregation! Given such an inclusive interpretation of ceremonial, the contents cover a range of moods and periods, from baroque to contemporary, from stately to extrovert, from major-key exuberance to minor-key gravitas.

All the pieces are immediately attractive and accessible, both to the player and to the listener, and virtually all the works here will be popular at weddings, as voluntaries, or for recitals. With a few exceptions, most of the music is not difficult and has been wonderfully set here for Organ Manuals and Pedals.

Alongside established favourites by Handel, Elgar, Boellmann, Mendelssohn and Purcell, there are contemporary pieces by Francis Jackson, Herbert Sumsion, Grayston Ives, Bob Chilcott and John Madden. You will soon find this volume proving to be an essential addition to the organist’s library.

Difficulty Intermediate
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Instrumental Album
Pages 122
ISBN 9780193754089
Edition Number 9780193754089
Catalog No. OUP9780193754089
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  1. Allegro (Symphony In D, Op.2 No.5) [Boyce, William]
  2. Carillon [Murrill, Herbert]
  3. Ceremonial March [Sumsion, Herbert]
  4. Choral (Suite Gothique, Op.25) [Boellmann, Leon]
  5. Dance Of Bacchanals (Dioclesian) [Purcell, Henry]
  6. Elegy (For April 7, 1913) [Parry, C. Hubert]
  7. Fanfare (La Peri) [Dukas, Paul]
  8. Fanfare [Mathias, William]
  9. Festival Toccata [Fletcher, Percy E.]
  10. Festival Voluntary, Op.87 [Peeters, Flor]
  11. First Act Tune (Dioclesian) [Purcell, Henry]
  12. Gavotte [Muffat, Georg]
  13. Grand Choeur [Salome, Theodore]
  14. Grand Choeur Dialogue [Gigout, Eugene]
  15. Interlude (Water Music ) [Handel, George Frideric]
  16. Introduction And March (Battle Of Britain Suite) [Walton, William]
  17. La Rejouissance (Fireworks Music) [Handel, George Frideric]
  18. Les Gendarmes [Muffat, Georg]
  19. March (Judas Maccabaeus) [Handel, George Frideric]
  20. March In C, Op.109 [Jackson, Francis]
  21. Menuet Gothique (Suite Gothique, Op.25) [Boellmann, Leon]
  22. Minuet (Fireworks Music) [Handel, George Frideric]
  23. Nimrod (Enigma Variations Op.36) [Elgar, Edward]
  24. Processional [Ives, Grayston]
  25. Rondeau (Abdelazar) [Purcell, Henry]
  26. Second Music (Dioclesian) [Purcell, Henry]
  27. See The Conquering Hero Comes (Judas Maccabeaus) [Handel, George Frideric]
  28. Sicilienne [Paradis, Maria Theresia Von]
  29. Solemn Melody [Davies, Henry Walford]
  30. Sun Dance (Organ Dances) [Chilcott, Bob]
  31. Tuba Magna [Madden, John]
  32. War March Of Priests [Mendelssohn, Felix]

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Scores 9.5 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
10 out of 10


Ledbury GB Freelance musician and teacher
It's full of interesting pieces that are fun to play.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 17 July 2017
Published on: 20 January 2018
10 out of 10


Cheshire GB Director of Music and
An unusual range of music, presenting enough challenge to be interesting but not taking long to learn.
The actual book is poorly made as you cannot make it lie flat on the stand without breaking the spine. A coupe of pieces are very common and most organists will already have them.
Confirmed purchase: 10 December 2015
Published on: 09 January 2016
10 out of 10


Good selection of pieces.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 19 May 2015
Published on: 02 June 2015
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