ORGANIST VOL. 1 • 388 pages, spiral bound
— Complete Kyriale • $37.99
Contents: Three (3) different harmonizations of the Ordinarium Missae are included in our book:
1.) Achille P. Bragers, LOW KEY;
2.) Carlo Rossini, MIDDLE KEY;
3.) Nova Organi Harmonia, HIGH KEY.
For purposes of comparison: Other merchants sell the Bragers Kyriale (alone!) for $38.
ORGANIST VOL. 2 • 374 pages, spiral bound
— Hymns & Simple Chants • $44.95
Contents: 1.) Organ accompaniments for all the Hymns in Campion Hymnal; 2.) Additional transpositions and alternate harmonizations for many of the hymns; 3.) Information on interpreting the Vatican Edition rhythm; 4.) Organ accompaniments for the “Simple Chants” in the Campion Hymnal.
For purposes of comparison: GIA sells their “Gather Comprehensive” accompaniment book for $105. OCP sells their “Journeysongs Third Edition” accompaniment book for $110. GIA sells their “Worship Fourth Edition” accompaniment book for $115.
To sing SATB versions of the hymns, please use the harmonizations provided in the Organist Edition. Permission is hereby given to xerox copy individual pages, as long as such copies are used in accordance with this goal (and not shared for any other purpose).
A NOTE ABOUT HYMN HARMONIZATIONS :
The “perfect” hymn harmonization does not exist. Harmonizations must be chosen according to: 1.) skill of the organist; 2.) acoustic of the Church; 3.) type of choir; 4.) needs of the congregation; 5.) amount of verses to be sung; 6.) time of day (lower for morning, higher for evening); and a thousand other important considerations. For this reason, we included the “standard” harmonization for each hymn. We also included transpositions for more than half of the hymns (based on range and tessitura, which, incidentally, are not the same thing). Furthermore, we included alternate harmonizations when this seemed appropriate.
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