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  • Philip Powell
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    There is also another book (by Oxford) that has pedal included.

  • Philip Powell
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    Here's another simple piece I like to play because of the fun tempo! https://musescore.com/user/62128/scores/80529

  • St Josaphat
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    https://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Servic.../dp/0193372630
    Oxford Service Music for Organ: Manuals Only (Book 1)
    I use this at almost every mass, whether it's a prelude, postlude, or for when I find out one of my hymns was too short and I need an interlude. It's for manuals only, but I usually add pedals in myself to some of the pieces.

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  • andijah
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    Here's an (older) discussion on the eight little preludes and fugues that might also be helpful:
    https://organforum.com/forums/forum/...des-and-fugues

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  • myorgan
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    I believe they're both free on IMSLP.org. Granted, you don't get a wide variety of editions, but they are the right price!

    Michael

  • Philip Powell
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    Also, these books are good for beginner organists: The Organist's Manual (get it?) and Bach's Little Organ Book. The first is $70 but the latter can be around $20. Are you looking for hymn arrangments too?

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  • Philip Powell
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    Yep, they're pretty manageable.

  • ChristopherDB113
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    Yeah, I could play that one.

  • Philip Powell
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    Here is a PDF of the first Prelude and Fugue in C Major. Don't mind my teacher's notes (or you can)! They are in individual pages because it wouldn't let me do them together (size limits). You can make them a single PDF yourself. Prelude,FugueCmajor1.pdf Prelude,FugueCmajor2.pdf Prelude,FugueCmajor3.pdf Prelude,FugueCmajor4.pdf

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  • Philip Powell
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    I think they are just ever so slightly more difficult than hymns. The first I think is the easiest because it is basic and repetitive. I had only played the organ for 2 weeks and I learned one in a week.

  • myorgan
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    Christopher,

    Related to hymn difficulty, the Prelude and Fugue in F Major is, to me, the easiest of the 8. It is relatively simple to play when someone realizes the broken notes of the Prelude are just a chord played in triplets.

    It would be a good foray into the realm of Classical organ music.

    Michael

    P.S. They can be downloaded for free from IMSLP: https://imslp.org/wiki/8_Kleine_Pr%C...ann_Sebastian)

  • ChristopherDB113
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    I might already have some of this material in another one of my Bach books.

    How would you rate the difficulty, based on the average hymn? Remember that I'm looking for some relatively basic stuff.

  • Philip Powell
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    Great book (#1 is my favorite): Bach's 8 eight short preludes and fugues. https://www.amazon.com/Little-Prelud.../dp/0793572878

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  • ChristopherDB113
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    I actually have a copy of Orgelbuchlein. A former teacher suggested I buy it, although a majority of the material is pretty advanced for me. Since several have recommended this same book I recently took a look through it and saw a few pieces that looked playable for me. Didn't make an attempt yet though.

    I do appreciate all the suggestions so far.

    Christopher

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  • myorgan
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    Originally posted by crapmaster
    Originally posted by myorgan
    Christopher,

    Are you looking for classical music, or arrangements of hymns, gospel, or contemporary songs? For Liturgical music, I might recommend Bach's Orgelb├╝chlein, which is a collection of chorales (hymns), and then Bach's harmonizations of those chorales.

    Versions of that collection can be downloaded here: https://imslp.org/wiki/Das_Orgel-B%C...ann_Sebastian).

    Michael
    Really? You'd call the Orgelbuchlein "on the difficulty level of the average hymn?"
    It depends on the hymn.

    Michael
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