Intermediate and experienced organists will prize this appealing original collection of organ works in slow tempo. Its forty-three adagios range from the Baroque era to modern times, offering a tremendous variety of pieces for public and private performance.
Highlights include works by such celebrated composers for organ as Johann Sebastian Bach (-Hark A Voice Saith, All Are Mortal, - BWV 643), Alexandre Guilmant (Meditation and Adagio, from Sonata No. 6, Op. 86), Louis Vierne (Prelude Funebre, Op. 4), and Charles-Marie Widor (Adagio from Symphonie No. 5, Op. 42-1). Other pieces include the popular Largo from Handel's 1738 opera, Xerxes; Liszt's tribute to his friend, -At the Grave of Richard Wagner-; and pieces by Brahms, Couperin, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schumann, Saint-Saens, and others. Editor Rollin Smith provides notes on the music, with background information on each piece.