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Calgary Composers

Here is a list of Calgary composers who have written for the organ. Most of these pieces are available through the Canadian Music Centre.

Arthur Bachmann


Organ and Viola

  • Shadows on the Caribou Hills (1994)

Portative Organ, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba

  • Chim Chim Cheree Choral/My Own Home
  • Linus and Lucy/Bicycle Built for Two
  • Tea For Two
  • 2001/Can Can
  • Heroes
  • Take 5
  • Good Morning/Singing in the Rain
  • Batman/Pink Panther

Portative Organ, Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello

  • New York, New York
  • Wave (Jobin)
  • The Little Mermaid (Menken)
  • Love Walked/ Love is Sweeping the Country
  • The Jungle Book
  • Batman/The Simpsons
  • The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
  • Benjamin (Peanuts)
  • The Barber of Seville

Gerald Bales (Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, Calgary, 1956-1959)

  • Four Short Hymn Settings (Semplice ‘Simple gifts’; Toccatina ‘Go tell it on the mountain’; Idyll ‘Fairest Lord Jesus’; Dance ‘Lord of the Dance’) (1991)
  • Ode To Parents (1993)
  • Pastorale on Capetown (1980)
  • Petite Suite (1965)
  • Prelude in E Minor (1947)
  • Sonatine for Organ (1978)
  • Toccata (1988)
  • Toccata for Organ (1989)
  • Two Pieces for Organ (1986)
  • Fanfare for Easter Day with trumpets, trombones and timpani (Organ Music of Canada, vol 2, ed. Peaker)

Joan Bell (Scarboro United and St. Gabriel’s Anglican)

  • Prelude
  • Two Chorale Preludes (Veni Emmanuel, A Virgin Most Pure)

John Burge (Primary schooling in Calgary, now Queen’s University)

  • A Christmas Quodlibet
  • Dance
  • Departure Point (1994)
  • Lord of the Dance (1994-1996)
  • Nun Danket Alle Gott (1994-1996)
  • Organ Concertino for organ and woodwind quintet
  • St Peter’s Sonata for Organ (with optional choir) (1995)
  • Two Chorale Preludes

David Eagle (University of Calgary)

  • Strahlen (1983)

Chellan Hoffman (Knox United)

Graham Hunter (Calgary)

  • Variations on Pop Goes The Weasel
  • Five Short Pieces (Potter’s Prelude, Gisele’s Gavotte, Satie’s Grave, Hunter’s Hope, Fawcett’s Finale)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk (for organ and singing narrator)

Richard Johnston (University of Calgary)

  • Missa Brevis (1984)
  • Chorale for Organ

William Jordan (University of Calgary)

  • Concerto for Organ and Orchestra

Leonard Leacock (Mount Royal College, Calgary)

  • Consolation

Hope Lee (occasional composer-in-residence at University of Calgary)

  • Gently Rings In Autumn Wind (1995-1996)
  • Von Einem Fremden Stern (1993-1996)

Siaw Kin Lee

  • Songs of the Seven Strings for organ and strings (2007)

David L. McIntyre (Roy Street Music, Regina)

  • Organ Notebook vol. 1, Preludes and Interludes
  • Organ Notebook vol. 2, Postludes and Processionals
  • Organ Notebook vol. 3, Liturgical Dances
  • Organ Notebook vol. 4, Preludes, Interludes and Postludes
  • Organ Notebook vol. 5, Preludes, Interludes and Postludes
  • Organ Notebook vol. 6, Preludes, Interludes and Postludes

Arthur Ward (Calgary)

  • Essay for Organ (four movements)
  • Five Preludes on White Spirituals (1992)
  • Six Preludes on Shape Note Tunes (1991)
  • Two Pieces (1991)

Gerhard Wuensch (University of Calgary 1969-1973)

  • Aria opus 23b (1964)
  • Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue opus 80 (1980)
  • Praeludium Secundi Toni (Second Prelude book) (1966)
  • Sonata Breve opus 26 (1966)
  • Suite forTrumpet and Organ opus 40 (1970)
  • Toccata Nuptialis opus 68 (1976)
  • Toccata Piccola (1963)
  • Voluntary for a Happy Occasion opus 78a (1979)

The Canadian Music Centre

The CMC is an invaluable resource, available to all users. The website contains a complete list of the contents of their library, with information about borrowing or buying scores. You can borrow directly off the site, and items will be sent to you through the mail. You are allowed to keep them for two months. If you order your own copy, they will make it up and send it to you. There is no charge for the library service, and very reasonable charges for buying music. For those without access to the internet, the best alternative is to visit a CMC office and browse the library. If you know what you want, you can order over the phone.

For more information

National Office: Chalmers House, 20 St Joseph St, Toronto (416) 961-6601

Prairie Region: 911 Library Tower, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary (403) 220-7403



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