All Praise for Music: Easy Hymn Settings for Organ published by Augsburg Fortress

Augsburg Fortress has released my first volume of organ music: All Praise for Music: Easy Hymn Settings for Organ. The title is taken from stanza 3 of Marty Haugen’s 1999 hymn, “O God of Blessings, All Praise to You!” (included in the book), which reads:

All praise for music, deep gift profound,
through hands and voices in holy sound;
the psalms of David, and Mary’s praise,
in wordless splendor and lyric phrase,
with all creation one song we raise:
Soli Deo gloria! Soli Deo gloria!

This is a substantive collection of 17 hymn settings written with today’s busy organist in mind. Selections span the church year, and the arrangements are set in a variety of forms: preludes, postludes, meditations, improvisations, hymn introductions, and free-harmonizations.

It is also a great resources for teachers who would like to introduce sacred repertoire to their organ students. I wrote many of the pieces with a pianist-turned-organist in mind, so the pedaling (while integral) is often minimal.

Titles and tunes include:

Brethren, We Have Met to Worship {Holy Manna}
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing {Nettleton}
Day by Day {Blott en dag}
Fairest Lord Jesus {Crusader’s Hymn}
For the Beauty of the Earth {Dix}
God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending {Rustington}
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty! {Nicaea}
How Firm a Foundation {Foundation}
If You But Trust in God to Guide You {Wer nun den lieben Gott (Neumark)}
Now Thank We All Our God {Nun danket alle Gott}
O God of Blessings, All Praise to You! {Soli Deo Gloria}
O Worship the King {Lyons}
Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty {Unser Herrscher}
Shall We Gather at the River {Hanson Place}
That Boy-Child of Mary {Blantyre}
They Crucified My Lord {Sufferer}
Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing? {Quelle est cette odeur agreable}

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